Sulphuric Acid Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Sulphuric Acid Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Shortage in the supply of Sulphuric Acid was witnessed in Q3 2020 in the Asia Pacific region, because of escalated demand of the product from the downstream sectors in China which led to an increase in the domestic Chinese consumption. China being one of the major exporters and consumers of Sulphuric acid in APAC strongly drives the regional market outlook. The demand-supply equilibrium of the region was seen impending shifts towards China and South Korea with producers running out of stocks till the end of 2020.
The supply of Sulphuric acid was stable in Europe in Q3 of 2020, while the demand of Sulphuric acid which remained poor in July & August, showed gradual recovery by the end of September 2020. Most of the economies in the European region started recovering with demand from the acid consuming sectors gaining the lost uptrend by the second half of the quarter with rollovers readily accepted by most of the buyers. Moving into Q4, regional manufacturers are expecting positive market sentiments as the despite looming uncertainties as the second COVID-19 wave creates confusion among producers.
North America

The supply of Sulphuric acid was tight in Q3 due to the outbreak of Hurricane Laura in the region, which caused temporary disruptions in the US’ power supply.  Kennecott, one of the largest producers of Sulphuric Acid via smelter route reported decline in the Sulphuric Acid production due to disruptions in the power supply. Many other manufacturing facilities were heard announcing temporary closures at their units, exacerbating the supply constraints. Some units were not able to resume the production until the end of September thus creating a significant demand-supply gap.

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Sulphuric 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.
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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 Sulphuric Acid are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Sulphuric acid (denoted by formula H2SO4) is one of the most important compounds for the chemical industry. It is a diprotic acid and possesses the property of being highly corrosive mineral acid. It is a colorless and water-soluble acid and has a pungent smell. Sulphuric acid is manufactured by different methods such as contact process & smelter byproduct route. Sulphuric acid finds several applications in different industries and industrial processes due to its strong oxidizing and dehydrating properties. Major applications of Sulphuric acid are in the manufacturing of phosphate fertilizers, metal processing, to produce phosphoric acid, wastewater treatment, mineral processing, as a cleaning agent and for the synthesis of various other chemicals, etc. Purity of commercial grade Sulphuric Acid is around 98.4% while in battery grade, purity ranges above 98% and goes till 99.9%. Battery grade Sulphuric acid is also known as distilled Sulphur with less iron residues in it. Commercial grade finds its application in various industries such as fertilizers, explosives, fluorine derivatives, pulp, dyes & dyes intermediates, LABSA production and water treatment, amongst many others.