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Caustic Soda Market for Alumina, Pulp & Paper, Soaps & Detergents, Organics, Inorganics, Water Treatment and Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020

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Published Date: 2015-03-31
 

Description



Caustic soda is an inorganic compound widely used in various industries due to its strong alkaline properties. It is produced by the electrolytic (chloroalkali) process, which is further classified into membrane, diaphragm, and mercury technologies Chloralkali is an industrial process for producing chlorine and caustic soda by the electrolysis of sodium chloride. Caustic soda is used in the manufacture of pulp & paper, soaps & detergents, and textiles. It is also used in water treatment, aluminum production, food processing and forensic applications, among others. 

This report provides a detailed description of the caustic soda market in terms of volume (Kilo tons) and revenue (US$ million) for the period from 2014 to 2020. The report highlights the factors contributing to the growth of the market and restraints that the market faces. Detailed forecasts have been provided for 2014 to 2020 for the caustic soda market for better understanding of the market scenario. The caustic soda market is described with respect to the various segments along with opportunities that are expected in the next six years.

We have included a detailed value chain to offer users of the report a holistic view on the caustic soda market. Value chain analysis comprises detailed evaluation of the roles of various players involved in the caustic soda industry, from raw material suppliers to end-users. Porter’s five forces model has been used to determine the impact of various factors such as degree of competition, bargaining power of suppliers, threat from substitutes, bargaining power of buyers and threat from new entrants during the forecast period. Company market share analysis has been included for better understanding of the competitive landscape. Furthermore, the report comprises market attractiveness analysis, which analyzes the application segments that are expected to be lucrative during the forecast period on the basis of their market size and growth rate. Attractiveness of the market has been derived from market size, profit margin, growth rate, and availability of raw materials, competition and other factors such as social and legal constraints. 

In terms of geography, the market has been segmented into regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. The market has been segmented based on application types such as alumina, pulp & paper, soaps & detergents, organics, inorganics, water treatment and other applications. The study includes regional analysis of caustic soda on the basis of application segments and estimates the market in terms of revenue and volume during forecast period from 2014 to 2020.

The market estimates for this study have been based on volumes, with revenues being derived through regional pricing trends. Additionally, the market has been analyzed based on expected demand and the market data for each segment is based on demand volumes and corresponding revenues. The prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional suppliers, distributors and direct selling regional producers. 

The report also offers a competitive landscape of the overall market with company profiles of players such as The Dow Chemical Company, Olin Corporation, AkzoNobel N.V., Reliance Industries Limited, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co., Ltd, Axiall Corporation, INEOS ChlorVinyls and Bayer MaterialScience AG. Detailed description of the company overview in terms of headquarters, inception, stock listing, upcoming capacities, key mergers & acquisitions, financial overview and recent developments provides a thorough idea about the competitive positioning of players in the market. 

This report segments the global caustic soda market as follows:

Caustic Soda Market - Application Analysis
  • Alumina
  • Pulp & paper
  • Soaps & detergents
  • Organics
  • Inorganics
  • Water treatment
  • Others (Including textiles, petroleum processing, food processing, etc.)
Caustic Soda Market - Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report Description
     1.1.1 Global Caustic Soda: Market Segmentation
1.2 Research Methodology
     1.2.1 Assumptions
1.3 Research Scope

Chapter 2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global Caustic Soda Market, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
2.2 Caustic Soda : Market Snapshot (2013 and 2020)

Chapter 3 Caustic Soda Market - Industry Analysis
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Market Drivers
     3.3.1 Growth in Aluminum Industry to Propel Demand for Caustic Soda
     3.3.2 Increasing Demand for Paper and Paperboards to Boost Caustic Soda Market
3.4 Market Restraints
     3.4.1 Energy Intensive Production Process to be Restraining Factor for Caustic Soda Market
     3.4.2 Health and Environmental Issues of Caustic Soda to Curb Demand
3.5 Market Opportunity
     3.5.1 Upcoming Growth Opportunities in Relatively Untapped Markets of Africa
3.6 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
     3.6.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
     3.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
     3.6.3 Threat from New Entrants
     3.6.4 Threat from Substitutes
     3.6.5 Degree of Competition
3.7 Technology Analysis
3.8 Market Attractiveness Analysis
     3.8.1 Caustic Soda: Market Attractiveness Analysis, by Application
3.9 Company Market Share Analysis
     3.9.1 Caustic Soda Market Share, by Company, 2013

Chapter 4 Caustic Soda Market – Application Analysis
4.1 Caustic Soda Market: Application Overview
     4.1.1 Global Caustic Soda Market, Volume Share, by Application, 2013 – 2020
4.2 Alumina
     4.2.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Alumina, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.3 Pulp & Paper
     4.3.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Pulp & Paper, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.4 Soaps & Detergents
     4.4.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Soaps & Detergents, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.5 Organics
     4.5.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Organics, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.6 Inorganics
     4.6.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Inorganics, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.7 Water treatment
     4.7.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Water Treatment, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
4.8 Others
     4.8.1 Global Caustic Soda Market for Other Applications, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)

Chapter 5 Caustic Soda Market – Regional Analysis
5.1 Caustic Soda Market: Regional Overview
     5.1.1 Global Caustic Soda Market, Volume Share, by Region, 2013 – 2020
     5.1.2 North America Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     5.1.3 North America Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
5.2 Europe
     5.2.1 Europe Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     5.2.2 Europe Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
5.3 Asia Pacific
     5.3.1 Asia Pacific Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     5.3.2 Asia Pacific Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
5.4 Rest of the World (RoW)
     5.4.1 Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
     5.4.2 Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)

Chapter 6 Company Profiles
6.1 The Dow Chemical Company (Dow)
6.2 Olin Corporation
6.3 AkzoNobel N.V.
6.4 Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
6.5 Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy)
6.6 Formosa Plastics Group (FPG)
6.7 Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Shin-Etsu)
6.8 Axiall Corporation
6.9 INEOS ChlorVinyls
6.10 Bayer MaterialScience AG

List of Figures 

FIG. 1 Global Caustic Soda: Market Segmentation
FIG. 2 Global Caustic Soda Market, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 3 Caustic Soda Market: Value Chain Analysis
FIG. 4 Global Alumina Production, 2011 - 2020 (Mn Tons)
FIG. 5 Global Production of Paper & Paperboards, by Volume, 2013 – 2020 (Mn Tons)
FIG. 6 Average National Electricity Prices, 2014
FIG. 7 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis: Caustic Soda Market
FIG. 8 Caustic Soda: Market Attractiveness Analysis, by Application
FIG. 9 Caustic Soda Market Share, by Company, 2013
FIG. 10 Global Caustic Soda, Volume Share, by Application, 2013 and 2020
FIG. 11 Global Caustic Soda Market for Alumina, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 12 Global Caustic Soda Market for Pulp  & Paper, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 13 Global Caustic Soda Market for Soaps & Detergents, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 14 Global Caustic Soda Market for Organics, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 15 Global Caustic Soda Market for Inorganics, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 16 Global Caustic Soda Market for Water Treatment, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 17 Global Caustic Soda Market for Other Applications, 2013 - 2020 (Kilo Tons) (US$ Mn)
FIG. 18 Global Caustic Soda Market, Volume Share, by Region, 2013 and 2020

List of Tables

TABLE 1 Caustic Soda Market: Global Snapshot
TABLE 2 Drivers for Caustic Soda Market: Impact Analysis
TABLE 3 Restraints For Caustic Soda Market: Impact Analysis
TABLE 1 Energy Required For Various Caustic Soda Production Technologies
TABLE 2 North America Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 4 North America Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 6 Europe Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 7 Europe Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 8 Asia Pacific Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 9 Asia Pacific Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)
TABLE 10 Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Volume, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (Kilo Tons)
TABLE 11 Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Revenue, by Application, 2013 – 2020 (US$ Mn)

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Caustic soda is strong chemical base used in the manufacture of pulp & paper, textiles, soaps & detergents, and alumina. Additionally, it is used for water treatment, food processing and petroleum & natural gas processing applications. Caustic soda is produced as 50% solution in water industrially; however, solid caustic soda is obtained by the evaporation of water. It is commonly used as flakes, pellets (prills) and cast blocks. Caustic soda is a general purpose industrial chemical used extensively by process industries. It is produced by the chloralkali process, wherein caustic soda and chlorine are manufactured. Generally, for every ton of chlorine, 1.1 ton of 100% caustic soda is generated.

Caustic soda is produced by the electrolytic (chloroalkali) process, which is further classified into membrane, diaphragm, and mercury technologies. The mercury cell method produces chlorine-free caustic soda. It uses a higher amount of electricity compared to the other two processes; however, steam is not required to concentrate the caustic solution. Usage of several tons of mercury results in serious environmental problems. Euro Chlor, an association of chloralkali process plant operators in Europe, continues to implement a voluntary agreement on phasing out the mercury cell technology by 2020 due to the environmental hazards caused by the usage of mercury in the production of caustic soda. The membrane and diaphragm methods do not use mercury. Thus, these methods are becoming preferable for the production of caustic soda.

Demand for downstream products such as pulp & paper, alumina and soaps & detergents significantly influences the caustic soda market. Growth in the aluminum industry coupled with increasing demand for paper & paperboards is expected to boost demand for caustic soda in the next few years. However, energy intensive production process of caustic soda is anticipated to be a restraining factor for the caustic soda market. Nonetheless, upcoming opportunities in relatively untapped markets of Africa may open new growth avenues for the caustic soda market in the near future.

Based on application, the global caustic soda market can be bifurcated into seven major segments: alumina, pulp & paper, soaps & detergents, organics, inorganics, water treatment, and other applications. Other applications include textiles, food processing and petroleum & natural gas processing. In terms of volume, organics was the largest application segment of the caustic soda market accounting for approximately 20% share in 2013. This was followed by the others segment and pulp & paper application segment. Alumina is anticipated to be the fastest growing application segment during the forecast period. 

Asia Pacific dominated the global caustic soda market in 2013 and accounted for over 50% of the volume market. The region is estimated to continue its dominance over the next few years. China accounted for the major share of the caustic soda market in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific is also likely to be the fastest growing region during the forecast period, led by expansion in several end-user industries and growth in GDP of the emerging economies of India and China. North America, the Middle East and Asia are the major exporters in the caustic soda market, while Australia and Latin America are the leading importers.

Key players in the caustic soda market are The Dow Chemical Company, Olin Corporation, AkzoNobel N.V., Reliance Industries Limited, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co. Ltd., Axiall Corporation, INEOS ChlorVinyls and Bayer MaterialScience AG. The market for caustic soda was fragmented in nature in 2013, with large number of manufacturers operating across various geographies.

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