Dec 2020. Sulfur is one of the chemical industry’s most important raw materials. It is used principally as the derivative (sulfuric acid) in many chemical and industrial processes and is particularly important in the manufacture of phosphate fertilizers, the single largest end use for sulfur. Other key uses include rubber processing, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical applications. Sulfur’s importance to industrial economies and its relative ease of transportation have made it a commodity of major international interest. It is derived as a by-product from operations such as petroleum refining, tar sands recovery, heavy oil and natural gas processing, and from coking and metallurgical plants. Sulfur production has been affected by reduced natural gas processing, a shift in feedstock mixes from sour to slightly sweet crude, depletion of certain natural gas fields, and changes in demand from some types of fuel. However, mainland China’s growing coal chemical industry has developed strict environmental standards, which has led to the establishment of many sulfur recovery plants.
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- Publish Date: 2020-12-22
- Chemical Focus: Syngas Chemicals, Industrial Gases and Fertilizers
- Number of Pages: 171
- 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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