Hydrochloric Acid Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Hydrochloric acid Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
The European region encountered HCl supply shortage in Q3 2020 due to disintegration of upstream isocyanate facilities across several locations. Offers were raised after Covestro and BASF declared shutdowns at their isocyanate facilities in August. Demand patterns, especially in Iberia were not too high amid limited sectoral offtakes from the metalworking and automobile industries. Consumption by the downstream industries such as water purification also remained weaker because the tourism industry was facing dents induced by the travel restrictions. The NWE (northwest Europe) Hydrochloric Acid prices registered 10 per cent increment on month-on-month basis extending gains due to production issues, a market source revealed.
North America

Supply of HCl fell substantially in Q3 2020 in the Americas as manufacturers reduced production rates due to a major slump in demand of other Chlor-Alkali products. During the quarter ending September, acid demand from the oil and gas industries was pressured due to restricted use in the applications of hydraulic and fracturing process as the auto industry slowly began to revive from the pandemic blows. HCl contracts registered marked QoQ fall, weighed under the limited requirement of the car fuel and undue delays in the start of steel industries after coronavirus-led restrictions and seasonal storms triggered trade disruptions.

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Hydrochloric acid manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international markets, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of the company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence Global Hydrochloric acid market.
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.

Finally, region-specific markets for Hydrochloric acid are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is a colorless inorganic chemical with pungent smell. It can be produced by the combination of Hydrogen and Chlorine. Hydrochloric acid is also obtained as a by-product from chemical processes like production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), ethane, chlorinated methane. It is also used in steel industries for the operations in pickling unit wherein it is used for removing the impurities like carbon and rust.  HCl is also consumed for acidizing petroleum wells, ore reduction and ore refining in the production of tin and tantalum, aluminum etching and for various metal processes. It is also used in the production of food and related product processes including the production of calcium chloride which is further used as a stabilizer in food industries. HCl finds key usage in household products for cleaning purposes. Commercially, HCl can be directly produced by the electrolysis of salt solution. In the chlor-alkali industry, this process produces Chlorine, Caustic Soda and Hydrogen. The pure chlorine gas can then be recombined with the hydrogen gas, forming chemically pure hydrogen chloride gas, which is then dissolved in demineralized water, to form chemically pure HCl.