Sulfuric Acid Market Size, Share, Industry Analysis, Trends, Growth, Forecasts, 2032

Sulfuric Acid Market

Sulfuric Acid Market - By Raw Material (Elemental Sulfur, Base Metal Smelters, Pyrite Ore, And Others) And By Application (Fertilizers, Chemical Manufacturing, Metal Processing, Petroleum Refining, Automotive, And Others), And By Region - Global And Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, And Forecasts 2024 – 2032

Category: Chemical & Materials Report Format : PDF Pages: 110 Report Code: ZMR-3681 Published Date: Mar-2024 Status : Published
Market Size in 2023 Market Forecast in 2032 CAGR (in %) Base Year
USD 13.20 Billion USD 56.36 Billion 17.50% 2023

Sulfuric Acid Industry Prospective:

The global sulfuric acid market size was worth around USD 13.20 Billion in 2023 and is predicted to grow to around USD 56.36 Billion by 2032 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 17.50% between 2024 and 2032.

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The report analyzes the global sulfuric acid market drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the sulfuric acid industry. 

To give the users of this report a comprehensive view of the sulfuric acid market, we have included a competitive landscape and an analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model for the market. The study encompasses a market attractiveness analysis, wherein all the segments are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness. 

Sulfuric Acid Market: Overview

The global sulfuric acid market includes the production, distribution, and use of sulfuric acid (H2SO4), a powerful and extremely corrosive mineral acid. Sulfuric acid is a highly utilized chemical worldwide, playing crucial roles in various industrial applications. It is mainly used as a key raw material in the manufacturing of various chemicals, including fertilizers, detergents, and pharmaceuticals. It is essential in metal processing, petroleum refining, water and wastewater treatment, textile manufacturing, and the pulp and paper industry. Market dynamics are shaped by various factors including industrial growth, demand from end-user industries, regulatory frameworks, and the availability of raw materials like sulfur. Companies in this industry are usually large chemical producers with integrated production facilities, and market trends are influenced by global economic conditions. Keeping an eye on production capacities, consumption patterns, and technological advancements is crucial for grasping and maneuvering the sulfuric acid market.

Sulfuric acid, also called vitriol, is a mineral acid that is composed of sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is odorless, colorless, and highly exothermic in nature. Moreover, it is a syrupy liquid that is soluble in water along with being a highly strong corrosive mineral acid. Sulfuric acid exhibits different properties for different materials depending on the level of concentration. It is mostly used in the production of chemicals to make sulfate pigments, salts, dyes, sulfate salts, and nitric acid. In addition, it also serves as an electrolyte in the lead-acid storage batteries. Some key methods used in producing sulfuric acid include the wet sulfuric acid process (gas desulfurization processes) and contact process (production of sulfuric acid at high concentration). The production of sulfuric acid comprises four stages—extraction of sulfur, conversion of sulfur into sulfur dioxide, conversion of sulfur dioxide to sulfur trioxide, and transformation of sulfur trioxide into sulfuric acid.

The rising demand for sulfuric acid for manufacturing chemicals and fertilizers and metal processing is likely to fuel the market for sulfuric acid in the future. Sulfuric acid is used as a dehydrating agent, catalyst, and reactant by the automotive industry is anticipated to further drive this market’s growth in the forecast time period. Sulfuric acid is a good catalyst owing to its strong proton donor. It is also a good dehydrating agent that helps in sequestering water produced during the reaction. Furthermore, the growing concerns of high crop yield and excellent food quality from agricultural sector are projected to propel the fertilizer market, which, in turn, is anticipated to boost the sulfuric acid market in the upcoming years. In addition, the increasing use of sulfuric acid in automotive batteries is further expected to boost the sulfuric acid market in the years ahead. However, stringent environmental regulations due to the toxic effects of sulfuric acid and adverse effects on human health, such as eyes irritation, skin irritation, and skin sensitiveness, might hamper the sulfuric acid market globally in the forecast time period.

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The report provides a company market share analysis to give a broader overview of the key market players. In addition, the report also covers key strategic developments of the market including acquisitions & mergers, new application launches, agreements, partnerships, collaborations & joint ventures, research & development,  and regional expansion of major participants involved in the market on a global and regional basis. Moreover, the study covers price trend analysis and product portfolio of various companies according to regions.

Sulfuric Acid Market: Growth Drivers

Various factors are driving the growth of the sulfuric acid market, leading to increased demand in different industries worldwide. One major factor is the growing need for sulfuric acid in fertilizer production, especially for phosphoric acid-based fertilizers such as diammonium phosphate (DAP) and single superphosphate (SSP). Due to the increasing population and the necessity for improved agricultural output, the need for fertilizers is on the rise, leading to an increased demand for sulfuric acid.

Moreover, the growing industrial sector, particularly in emerging markets, boosts the need for sulfuric acid in chemical manufacturing, metal processing, petroleum refining, and various industrial applications. Moreover, strict environmental regulations that require the use of sulfuric acid in air pollution control technologies, like flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems in power plants, are driving continuous demand growth.

Furthermore, advancements in sulfuric acid production processes, including the implementation of more efficient and environmentally friendly methods, contribute to market growth by enhancing production capacities and cutting costs. Altogether, these factors work together to drive the ongoing growth of the sulfuric acid industry.

Sulfuric Acid Market: Report Scope

Report Attributes Report Details
Report Name Sulfuric Acid Market Research Report
Market Size in 2023 USD 13.20 Billion
Market Forecast in 2032 USD 56.36 Billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 17.50%
Number of Pages 255
Forecast Units Value (USD Billion), and Volume (Units)
Key Companies Covered AkzoNobel N.V., BASF SE, Praxair, Inc., Bechtel Corporation, Chemtrade Logistics, PVS Chemical Solution, Nalco Ecolabs, Vale Fertilizantes S.A., Solvay S.A., Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Limited, DuPont, and Agrium Inc., and Others
Segments Covered By Raw Material, By Application, And By Region
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Base Year 2023
Historical Year 2018 to 2022
Forecast Year 2024 - 2032
Customization Scope Avail customized purchase options to meet your exact research needs. Request For Customization

Sulfuric Acid Market: Segmentation

The study provides a decisive view of the sulfuric acid market by segmenting the market based on raw material, application, and region. All the segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends and the market is estimated from 2032 to 2032. The regional segmentation includes the historical and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

By raw material, the sulfuric acid market is segmented into elemental sulfur, pyrite ore, base metal smelters, and others.

By application, this market is categorized into fertilizers, metal processing, chemical manufacturing, automotive, petroleum refining, and others.

Based on region, this global market is classified into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to hold the largest sulfuric acid market share in terms of both revenue and volume. It is the rising demand for products using sulfuric acid like soaps and cleaners that is expected to increase the market demand for sulfuric acid.

Sulfuric Acid Market: Competitive Analysis

Some of the major players operating in the sulfuric acid market are AkzoNobel N.V., BASF SE, Praxair, Inc., Bechtel Corporation, Chemtrade Logistics, PVS Chemical Solution, Nalco Ecolabs, Vale Fertilizantes S.A., Solvay S.A., Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Limited, DuPont, and Agrium Inc., among others.

Some of the major players operating in the sulfuric acid market are 

  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • BASF SE
  • Praxair, Inc.
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • Chemtrade Logistics
  • PVS Chemical Solution
  • Nalco Ecolabs
  • Vale Fertilizantes S.A.
  • Solvay S.A.
  • Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Limited
  • DuPont
  • Agrium Inc.
  • among others.

This report segments the global sulfuric acid market into:

Global Sulfuric Acid Market: Raw Material Analysis

Global Sulfuric Acid Market: Application Analysis

  • Fertilizers
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Metal Processing
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Automotive
  • Others

Global Sulfuric Acid Market: Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • The U.S.
  • Europe
    • UK
    • France
    • Germany
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa

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Methodology

FrequentlyAsked Questions

The sulfuric acid market—which produces, distributes, and uses H2SO4—is vital to the global chemical industry. Many industrial processes use sulfuric acid, a powerful and flexible mineral acid. Chemical production, metal processing, petroleum refining, water treatment, textiles, and pulp & paper use it. Industrial expansion, regulation, and sulphur availability affect the market. Chemical giants with integrated production facilities are major stakeholders. Understanding and navigating this dynamic economy requires monitoring output, consumption, and technology.

The sulfuric acid market will grow due to factors like rising fertilizer demand due to agricultural productivity, industrial growth, especially in developing economies, strict environmental regulations requiring sulfuric acid use in air pollution control technologies, and production process technological advances.

According to a study, the global sulfuric acid market size was worth around USD 13.20 billion in 2023 and is predicted to grow to around USD 56.36 billion by 2032

The CAGR value of the sulfuric acid market is expected to be around 17.50% during 2024-2032.

Asia-Pacific is expected to contribute notably towards the sulfuric acid market value.

Some of the major players operating in the sulfuric acid market are AkzoNobel N.V., BASF SE, Praxair, Inc., Bechtel Corporation, Chemtrade Logistics, PVS Chemical Solution, Nalco Ecolabs, Vale Fertilizantes S.A., Solvay S.A., Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Limited, DuPont, and Agrium Inc., among others.

The global sulfuric acid market report covers the geographical market along with a comprehensive competitive landscape analysis. It also includes cash flow analysis, profit ratio analysis, market basket analysis, market attractiveness analysis, sentiment analysis, PESTEL analysis, trend analysis, SWOT analysis, trade area analysis, demand & supply analysis, Porter’s five force analysis, and value chain analysis.

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