Ammonium sulfate is an inorganic salt that is prepared by treating heated ammonia with sulfuric acid. It has a high content of sulfur that makes it ideal for alkaline soil as it gets absorbed by plants easily. Food additives, flame retardants, purifying protein, and ammonium salts production such as ammonium persulfate is some of the other applications of ammoniums sulfate.
The Far East and Baltic Countries Ammonium Sulfate market is estimated to account for US$ 1,275.9 Mn in terms of value and 8,272.6 Thousand kilo Tons in terms of volume by the end of 2019.
Rising demand for ammonium sulfate in flooded soil applications is expected to augment the market growth. Ammonium sulfate is most effective in solving problems associated with flooded soil such as waterlogged soil. It is added in soil by dissolving ammonium sulfate in a solution and sprayed on the weed crops in order to enhance effectiveness. Thus, growing demand for ammonium sulfate in flooded soil application is propelling the market growth.
Rising demand for ammonium sulfate as a food additive from the food industry is projected to serve potential market opportunities over the forecast period. This is attributed to the growth in the food industry due to increasing expenditure by consumers due to the increasing population is expected to foster the market growth of ammonium sulfate. Ammonium sulfate is used to controlling the pH level in baked food products and is mainly used as a dough conditioner and strengthener.
Increasing costs of aromatics as it is mainly used in the production of caprolactam across North America and Europe is expected to hinder the market growth. Thus growing costs and lack of availability of aromatics is projected to affect the production of caprolactam and this in turn, hamper the production of ammonium sulfate.
China dominated the Far East and Baltic Countries Ammonium Sulfate market in 2019, accounting for 54.1% share in terms of value, followed by Indonesia and Ukraine & Baltic Nations respectively.
China dominated the Far East and Baltic Countries Ammonium Sulfate market in 2019, accounting for 56.5% share in terms of volume.
Increasing production capacities by manufacturers is a major trend in the market and this trend is expected to augment the market growth. For instance, in December 2018, EuroChem Group AG a global fertilizer producer announced the start of production at Russia’s first Urea Ammonium Sulphate (UAS) facility. The new facility, built in partnership with leading urea technology developer Stamicarbon, is projected to reach a final production capacity of 600 tonnes per day.
The growing use of ammonium sulfate in the textile industry and leather products for the printing and dying process is a major trend in the market. This is also attributed to growth of the textile industry in Baltic countries. According to the CBI Europe, Europe’s apparel import market was valued at €168.5 billion in 2018, growing at an average rate of 5.8% a year. The EU is also a large re-exporter of apparel. In 2018, the EU ranked second behind China in textile exports, accounting for 23.5% of the world’s export value.
Far East and Baltic Countries Ammonium Sulfate Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak is expected to disrupt supply chains causing current or permanent closure of various industries globally. The fertilizer plants across the globe are facing logistical constraints due to of road closures, unavailability of proper transportation system to make deliveries of finished products leading to building inventories, as well as a labor shortage at production plants. The aforementioned reasons are key factors restraining the growth of the aluminum sulfate market during the forecast period.
Few Recent Developments
In May 2018, Domo Chemicals, a chemical company with headquarters in Leuna, Germany, and TOTAL Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH, announced a plan to invest EUR 30 million (USD 34 million) each in the production of benzene feedstock for caprolactam manufacture, as well as a pipeline that will ensure its transport within eastern Germany.
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