Ammonium sulphate, or di-ammonium sulphate, is a salty, odourless white crystalline solid. Ammonium sulphate is mainly used as a direct nitrogen fertiliser or in producing compound fertilisers. Ammonium sulphate, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a food additive, is also used as an acidity regulator in flours and breads. Apart from this, it also finds uses in increasing herbicide efficacy, in laboratory for protein purification and for manufacturing ammonium salts on a small scale.
Ammonium sulphate is mainly produced as a by-product of caprolactam. Other sources of production include its recovery from coke oven gas, gypsum and direct neutralisation methods.
Before 2010, the U.S. and Europe were major suppliers of caprolactam and thus, indirectly, of ammonium sulphate. However, after 2010, global ammonium sulphate production has shifted to the East with increasing production capacity of caprolactam in China.
Increasing use of ammonium sulphate as fertiliser (especially for alkaline soils), as major supply source for sulphur nutrient and for enhancing herbicide efficiency is fuelling its demand. With this increase in demand, the global and Far East & Baltic nations ammonium sulphate market is expected to register a high CAGR over the forecast period of 2015–2025.
Rising demand of ammonium sulphate as a nitrogenous fertiliser for alkaline soils is pushing its market to grow. Growing demand of sulphur nutrient for various crop production is also helping the ammonium sulphate market growth. Increase in global caprolactam supply has led to high increase in ammonium sulphate supply. Besides, government regulations to remove SO from stack gases are helping the supply to grow further globally.
Low nitrogen content in ammonium sulphate and decreased profitability due to oversupply are major factors restraining growth of the ammonium sulphate market. Besides, rising costs of aromatics are shrinking caprolactam profit margins majorly in Europe, where caprolactam producers have decreased ammonium sulphate production since they find it more cost effective not to produce ammonium sulphate due to high transportation and logistics costs.
Based on production process, the global and Far East & Baltic nations ammonium sulphate market is segmented by caprolactam, coke oven gas, gypsum and neutralisation & others. In 2014, ammonium sulphate produced as a by-product of caprolactam held the largest market share. However, ammonium sulphate produced as by-product of caprolactam is characterised by superior quality as compared to that produced by coke oven gas and by gypsum.
Regionally, the Global, Far East and Baltic Nations Ammonium Sulphate market is segmented into China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Russia and Ukraine & Baltic Nations. China is expected to remain the largest market over the forecast period, followed by Indonesia. Globally, ammonium sulphate market is segmented into Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa and Japan.
Key players reported in this study of global and Far East & Baltic nations ammonium sulphate market are Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Fibrant), JSC KuibyshevAzot, UBE Industries, Ltd., Toray Industries Inc., China Petrochemical Development Corporation, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.), JSC “Grodno Azot”, Grupa Azoty, Domo Chemicals and Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.
This FMI study offers a 10-year forecast for the Global, Far East and Baltic Nations Ammonium Sulphate market over 2015-2025. The global ammonium sulphate market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.0% in terms of value during the projected period. The study demonstrates market dynamics and trends across regions that are expected to influence the current status and future prospects of the ammonium sulphate market over the forecast period.
The primary objective of the report is to offer updates on developments made in the global ammonium sulphate market and conduct quantitative as well as qualitative assessment of the market across various production processes and regional market segments.
Ammonium sulphate is a salty, odourless white crystalline solid that is mainly used as a direct nitrogenous fertiliser or in compound fertilisers. It is also used as a food additive, herbicide efficiency enhancer and laboratory purification agent, etc.
On the basis of production process, the Global, Far East and Baltic Nations Ammonium Sulphate market is segmented by:
On the basis of region, the Global, Far East and Baltic Nations Ammonium Sulphate market is segmented into:
Globally, the ammonium sulphate market is segmented into:
To understand and assess market opportunities and trends, the report is categorically split into sections such as market overview, global industry analysis, analysis by production process and analysis by region. Analysis by region includes market study in global segments, namely, North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific excluding Japan, Middle East & Africa and Japan. Further, the Far East & Baltic nations market is segmented into China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Russia and Ukraine & Baltic nations. Each section discusses the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the Global, Far East and Baltic Nations Ammonium Sulphate market.
The report starts with market overview and provides market definition and analysis about the drivers (demand side as well as supply side), restraints and key trends in the market. The next section includes global market analysis, followed by production process type and further by regional/country level analysis. Production, consumption, import and export data are provided for all the specified countries. Since ammonium sulphate is majorly produced as a by-product of caprolactam, the report also covers an extensive list of ammonium sulphate manufacturers by caprolactam along with their capacity for both caprolactam and ammonium sulphate in the specified regions.
All the above sections evaluate the market on the basis of various segments, covering present scenario and future prospects. For consumption data analysis, the report considers 2014 as the base year, with market numbers estimated for 2015 and the forecast made for 2015–2025.
To calculate the market size, the report considers average price of ammonium sulphate across geographies on a regional/country basis, as and when required. The forecast also assesses the total revenue as well as volume of ammonium sulphate. The data is triangulated based on different analysis considering the supply side, demand side and dynamics of the parent market. However, quantifying the market across regions is more a matter of quantifying expectations and identifying opportunities rather than rationalising them after the forecast has been completed.
In the final section of the report, the ammonium sulphate market structure and landscape are included to provide report audiences a dashboard view, companies’ presence in ammonium sulphate market and their key strategies. Some of the market players featured in the section include: