Sodium Sulfate Market Intelligence

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  • What are the major challenges and risks in Sodium Sulfate industry?
  • How is Sodium Sulfate industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Feedstock Analysis
  • Sodium Silicate – Production Process
  • Sodium Silicate Market Share By Products

Production Size

Production Size North America

0.78 MMT

Production Size Europe

2.9 MMT

Production Size Asia Pacific (APAC)

11.8 MMT

Table of contents

  1. Sodium Sulfate Executive Summary
  1. Sodium Sulfate Global Market Analysis
  1. Sodium Sulfate Regional Market Analysis
  1. Sodium Sulfate Supplier Analysis

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Global Market Outlook on Sodium Sulfate

  • The current overall sodium sulfate capacity is estimated to be around 20.2 Mn MT, and there are no planned capacity additions announced so far for the next three years
  • The current global demand is estimated to be 16.5 Mn MT, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.8% through 2021, with Asia being the major growing region
  • The demand is mainly driven by the detergent market, despite a general slowing trend observed in this industry

Capacity– Demand Dynamics (2016–2022F)

  • Over 50% of the sodium sulfate capacity if from natural origin, with China being the major production region
  • The global market is currently operating over 75 percent capacity, and there is sufficient supply for the next five years to meet the demand

Demand by Application (2009–2022F)

  • Increasing penetration of liquid detergents and the rising need for Sulfate-free detergents had contributed to the general slowdown of sodium Sulfate demand from the detergent industry
  • Rapid slowdown in the paper business, due to large-scale penetration of digital media, has also affected the demand for sodium sulfate from the print sector
  • There are no new applications of sodium sulfate in the market

Sodium Sulfate: Porter's Five Forces Analysis

Supplier Power 

Low power, as the production does not depend on a specific raw material

  • Natural process suppliers: Majority of natural process suppliers have their own mines
  • By-product process suppliers: There are a number of by-product production methods available for the production of synthetic sodium sulfate and hence, the supplier power is limited

Barriers to New Entrants

Decreasing profit margin

  • As there are many by-product production methods available, the cost of production is negligible and hence, the price of sodium sulfate obtained by by-product method has less profit margin
  • Natural-based manufacturers are also forced to decrease their profit margins to match the synthetic sodium sulfate prices

Intensity of Rivalry

Competition through low price

  • Intensity of rivalry is low to medium, as the market is currently oversupplied
  • Due to high profit margins for Lithium carbonate, Chinese lithium carbonate manufacturers are willing to sell by-product sodium sulfate at low prices, which is a threat to other suppliers following different by-product route

Threat of Substitutes

Changing consumer behavior

  • Shift to liquid from powdered detergents is expected to reduce consumption by 20–25 percent
  • Below are the probable substitutes for other applications
  • Pulp and paper: Emulsified sulfur and caustic soda
  • Glass making: Soda ash and calcium sulfate

Buyer Power

Surplus supply and low growth

  • Apart from Latin America, all other regions have significant domestic capacity
  • With North America and Europe predominantly shifting to liquid detergents, the surplus sodium sulfate capacity is exported to other regions
  • Detergents, being the largest downstream application, give CPG industry buyers a better negotiating power

Sodium Sulfate: APAC (excluding India) Market Dynamics 

  • Asia is the major producer and consumer of sodium sulfate, with China contributing to around 76% of Asia's total production
  • The current demand is estimated to be around 11.8 Mn MT and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.8% with detergents constituting around 52% of the total consumption of Sodium Sulfate

Capacity – Demand Dynamics (2016–2022F)

  • The current capacity is sufficient to meet the expected demand until 2022.However, the supply–demand balance is expected to become tight post 2022
  • China ‘s majority of production come from natural process, by-product process, especially from Lithium Carbonate is gaining momentum, due to cost advantage

Demand by Application (2009–2022F)

  • Powder detergents continue to be the major downstream application with its consumption following a uptrend for the past ten years
  • Sodium sulfide production accounts for approximately 20% of the total sodium sulfate consumption in 2016, with China being the exclusive market
  • As Sodium Sulfide is produced by reduction of sodium sulfate by powdered coal, sodium sulfide consumption is expected to decrease, due to China's stringent environmental policy against usage of Coal



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