CEH: Sodium Sulfate
Jun 2020. Sodium sulfate is used mostly in detergents, but also finds use in sodium sulfide production and glass, pulping, and textile applications. Detergent applications have shown steady growth, especially in developing countries; in 2020, detergent uses account for nearly 40% of global consumption. Sodium sulfide production accounts for about a fifth of total sodium sulfate consumption in 2020; this market is almost exclusively in mainland China, where sodium sulfide is still produced by reduction of sodium sulfate with powdered coal. Glass is the third-largest use for sodium sulfate, and is also the market most impacted by economic conditions (especially for construction markets and automobile production).
Mainland China is the world’s largest market and is growing at about 1–2% annually. It has the largest reserves of mirabilite (a major source of natural sodium sulfate) and has been building and expanding capacity to meet global demand. As production costs are relatively lower than in the rest of the world, mainland China has become the major supplier of sodium sulfate for global consumption.
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- Publish Date: 2020-06-15
- Chemical Focus: Chlor-Alkali, Inorganics and Mining Materials
- Number of Pages: 63
- Content Type: Report
- Delivery: Email with link to PDF file
- Global summary; regional coverage
- Producers with annual capacities and plant sites
- Consumption and five-year forecast by end-use application
- Price and production figures and trends
- Trade imports and exports
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