Europe Sulfuric Acid Market was Worth of USD 4347.1 Million in 2021 and it is Expected to Reach USD 5007.6 Million at the End of 2028 with CAGR of 1.6%.
Scope of Europe Sulfuric Acid Market:
The Europe sulfuric acid market is expected to grow at significant growth rate due to number of driving factors. The sulfuric acid is a viscous liquid that dissolves in water and its colour varies from yellow to colourless depending on the concentration. It is mainly used for applications like fertilizer, automotive battery, water treatment, and paper bleaching. The sulfuric acid finds various applications in a wide spectrum of industries and has its largest application in the production of fertilizers. Additionally, sulfuric acid has long been known as vitriol. Johann Rudolf Glober was the founder of the world's first sulfuric acid factory, which produced sulfuric acid using this process in Nordhausen (Harz) around 1650. The importance of sulfuric acid is often underestimated, although it is the most widely produced and used chemical worldwide.
However, due to the increasing rate of the global population, there is a high demand for sulfuric acid in agricultural industry. In 2020, approximately 1.3 million tons of phosphorus fertilizers were used by agriculture in Europe, which is 22.3% more than in 2010. Sulfuric acid is mostly used to make phosphoric acid, and it is used to make phosphate fertilizers, calcium dihydrogen phosphate, and ammonium phosphate. For example; while approximately 80% of phosphoric acid is used to make fertilizer, it is mainly converted into three phosphate salts. The market demand for sulfuric acid is also increasing due to increasing chemical production. Nearly one million tons of sulfuric acid is manufactured each year in the UK alone.
On the basis of overall positive factors and according to a market survey that the European countries not only produce large amounts of sulfuric acid but also use it extensively, as well as some amounts are also exported to other countries. According to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade, in 2021, the European Union's export of sulfuric acid, Oleum to South Africa was USD 41.41 thousand.
However, health risks associated with sulfuric acid may hinder the growth of the European sulfuric acid market. The toxic nature of sulfuric acid can be serious, if inhaled or swallowed, the risk of infection is high. For example; in 2022, a cloud of sulfuric acid in Germany made breathing difficult. About 150 people suffered from respiratory distress as sulfuric acid leaked from a chemical company tank in the western city of Oberhausen and turned into a toxic cloud. Therefore, the highly toxic nature of sulfuric acid makes transportation difficult, and government regulations on the use of sulfuric acid both these may hinder the market growth.
It is also likely to cause huge losses to the market in the coming period, even after the substitute available in the market. The cost of substitute acid is somewhat lower than that of sulfuric acid. This can lead to the large use of the substitute in the future because the results are the same as the use of the substitute. This is likely to lead to greater use of substitute acid in the future. This will require market players to reduce the cost of their products by reducing the cost of their production process as well as maintaining the quality of the product which will help them maintain their legacy in the Europe market.
Europe Sulfuric Acid Market Key Players:
- Brenntag GmbH
- Boliden Group
- Airedale Chemical Company Limited.
- BASF SE
- Feralco AB
- Aurubis AG
- Merck KGaA
Europe Sulfuric Acid Market Segmentation:
- Sulfuric Acid
- Battery Acid
- Concentrated Sulfuric Acid
- Chamber acid
By End User
- Petroleum Refining
- Elemental Sulphur
- Pyrite Ore
Europe Sulfuric Acid Market Trends:
Sulfuric acid referred to as the king of chemicals owing to its universal chemistry in many applications as a raw material or processing agent. Sulfuric acid is the most widely used chemical in the world and it is used in almost all industries as their information is explored as follows.
Some of the major trends of sulphuric acid on the basis of applications in the Europe are: -
One of the major application trends of sulfuric acid in Europe is in agriculture, especially in the fertilizer industry. Sulfuric acid is especially used in the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers such as lime and superphosphate of ammonium sulfate. Europe fertilizer industry is expected to witness a significant growth in the coming few years owing to the rising growth of agricultural industry. The EU’s agricultural industry created an estimated gross value added of EUR 178.4 billion in 2020. Agriculture contributed 1.3 % to the EU’s GDP in 2020. All industrialized countries thus use sulfuric acid. This is inherent in modern farming methods because when it is used to produce nitrogen fertilizers it increases crop yields, essentially farmers can earn more revenue by producing more crops. It also gives high nitrogen crops.
Sulfur (SVI) based moieties the sulfonyl or sulfonamide-based analogs have shown a variety of pharmacological properties, and their derivatives propose a high degree of structural diversity that has been established as useful for finding the new therapeutic agents. The developments of new less toxic, low-cost, and highly active sulfonamides containing analogs are hot research topics in medicinal chemistry. Currently, more than 150 FDA-approved Sulfur (SVI) -based drugs are available on the market, and they are widely used to treat various types of diseases with therapeutic power. This will greatly increase the use of sulfuric acid in the pharmacy sector in the years to come. And, increasing growth of pharmaceutical industry in Europe is also supplementing the demand for sulphuric acid. For example, Europe's pharmaceutical sector is a major contributor to the EU economy in terms of creation of highly skilled jobs and investment in innovation. The research-based pharmaceutical industry can play a critical role in restoring Europe to growth and ensuring future competitiveness in an advancing global economy. In 2020 it invested an estimated € 39,000 million in R&D in Europe.
Sulfur is a natural ingredient in crude oil that is present in gasoline and diesel without being removed. Sulfur emission in gasoline impairs the effectiveness of the control system and contributes to air pollution. Reducing the amount of sulfur in gasoline enables advanced emission controls and reduces air pollution. The Tier 2 Gasoline Sulfur Program, finalized in 2000, reduced the sulfur content in gasoline by 90 percent, making it possible to use new emissions control technology in cars and trucks that reduce harmful air pollution. The Tier 2 program was the first time the EPA handled vehicles and fuels as systems. The program evolved from the need for the Clean Air Act in which EPA takes into account the need, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness of strong tailpipe emission standards starting in 2004. The use of advanced emission control systems in cars, and pickups are required for the use of low-sulfur gasoline, SUV and van models have been in operation since 2004. Vehicles that meet Tier 2 emission standards are 77 to 95 percent cleaner than previous models. Additionally, like the Tier 2 program, the Tier 3 program considers the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system to reduce the impact of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. The program sets new vehicle emissions standards and reduces sulfur content in gasoline to a maximum of 10ppm from 2017. Vehicle standards will reduce passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles, and some tailpipes and evaporator emissions. The gasoline sulfur standard will enable more stringent vehicle emissions standards and make the emission control system more effective. It will also reduce emissions from existing fleets. As a result, the demand for Sulfur and Sulfuric Acid is also increasing in the gasoline sector.
Automobile Batteries: -
Battery acid is a sulfuric acid that is diluted with water to reach a concentration level of 37%. This particular type of acid is used in sealed lead-acid batteries; however, the concentration levels vary among some brands. These batteries use a mixture of electrolytes containing lead plates and diluted sulfuric acid to convert electrical energy into potential chemical energy and return it. Although this allows keeping portable power in the form of acid-sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries, real acid can be extremely dangerous. It is a corrosive form that literally melts any body tissue that encounters it. When it comes in contact with soil it contaminates for a long period of time depending on the acid concentration. It can be harmful to humans, animals, and the environment. For this reason, the SLA battery needs to be recycled. It is illegal to dispose of these batteries in waste. However, in the last few years, its harmful effects have been greatly reduced. And overall, it is being used extensively in the automobile sector. And, the European market is witnessing a growing use of SLA batteries in the data centers.
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- South Korea
- Rest Of APAC
- Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest Of MEA
|2018 - 2021
|2022 - 2028
|Market Size in 2021:
|USD 4347.1 Million
|Base year considered
|Forecast Period CAGR %:
|Market Size Expected in 2028:
|USD 5007.6 Million
|Tables, Charts & Figures:
|Europe Sulfuric Acid Companies
|LANXESS, Brenntag GmbH, Boliden Group, Adisseo, Nouryon, Airedale Chemical Company Limited, BASF SE, Feralco AB Fluorsid, Aurubis AG, Nyrstar, Merck KGaA
|By Type, By End User, By Raw Materials
|Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe