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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



The growing demand for chemical products and chemical-based processes has transformed the global chemical market into a mammoth industry. From a valuation of nearly US$170 billion in the 1970s, the global chemical market has jumped to a valuation of nearly US$4 trillion by 2010. Incessantly increasing demand for chemicals offers an excellent growth prospects for many industries such as consumer goods, medicines, and agriculture, yet the rising level of pollution linked with the use, manufacture, and disposal of chemicals has emerged as a huge concern for the industry. In this scenario, the way chemicals are managed will play a key role in the development of many chemical industries in the near future.

With the help of a lucid chapter-wise format, combined with a number of graphical data elements, the report presents a thorough analysis of the global market for caustic soda. Caustic soda is a strong chemical base, which finds applications in the manufacture of textiles, paper and pulp, alumina, and soaps and detergents. It is also used for food processing, water treatment, and petroleum and natural gas processing purposes. The report studies the implications of demand for downstream products such as paper and pulp, alumina, soaps, and detergents on the overall global demand for caustic soda.

The report contains data gathered with the help of a number of primary and secondary research approaches, and makes use of industry-leading analytical tools. Based on elemental information regarding the global caustic soda market, the report is a valuable guiding document for managers, business strategists and other stakeholders of the caustic soda market.

Overview of the Global Caustic Soda Market

In the year 2013, the global market for caustic soda had a net valuation of US$30.82 billion. Developing at a 3.7% CAGR between 2014 and 2020, the market is expected to rise to US$39.75 billion by 2020. Rising concerns regarding ill-effects of mercury used in one of the most popular caustic soda manufacturing processes is rapidly leading to the phasing out of this process from industry circuits. 

The demand dynamics of products such as alumina, pulp and paper, and soaps and detergents significantly affects the demand for caustic soda. In the years to come, the global market for caustic soda will continue to grow owing to increasing demands for alumina and paper and paperboards across the globe. However, the overall growth of the market is expected to be hampered due to the energy intensive production process of caustic soda. 

The Asia Pacific regional market held an impressive 50% share of the global market for caustic soda in terms of demand in 2013. This regional market is expected to continue its dominance over the next few years owing to mounting demand for caustic soda from industries in China. Asia Pacific is also expected to be the fastest growing regional market over the report’s forecast period due to excellent growth prospects of many end-use industries and improved GDP of emerging economies in the region.

Players in the Global Caustic Soda Market

Some of the key businesses in the global caustic soda market that have been profiled in the report include Reliance Industries Limited, The Dow Chemical Company, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Olin Corporation, Formosa Plastics Corporation, AkzoNobel N.V., Axiall Corporation, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co. Ltd., and INEOS ChlorVinyls.

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)
This report gives you access to decisive data such as:
  • Market growth drivers
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years
Key highlights of this report
  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segments

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)

Free Market Analysis



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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