Sodium Cyanide Market in Africa Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Sodium Cyanide Suppliers in Africa and the market is segmented by end-user industry (mining, chemical, and other end-user industries) and geography (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Guinea, South Africa, and the rest of Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in volume (kilotons).

Sodium Cyanide Market Size

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Africa Sodium Cyanide Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR > 3.00 %
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Africa Sodium Cyanide Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Sodium Cyanide Market Analysis

The African sodium cyanide market is expected to register at a CAGR of around 3% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 moderately impacted industry growth due to many countries' supply chain disruptions and lockdowns. However, the surging mining industry in South Africa and Ghana, among others, is likely to increase sodium cyanide consumption.

  • The primary factor driving the studied market growth is the increasing demand for gold mining activities.
  • Conversely, sodium cyanide toxicity is expected to hinder the studied market's growth.
  • The discovery of new mines is expected to offer new growth opportunities to the market studied.
  • South Africa dominated the market studied owing to its surging application in the mining industry.

Sodium Cyanide Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Africa Sodium Cyanide Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand from Mining Industry

  • A significant portion of the sodium cyanide produced worldwide is used in mining and metallurgy, especially in extracting gold and silver. It is one of the most economically viable, easily processable, and environmentally sustainable technologies for processing gold.
  • Typically, gold is extracted from its ore using sodium cyanide through leeching. In this process, the ore is crushed into a fine powder using industrial machinery. Then, the dust is added to a sodium cyanide (NaCN) solution and processed.
  • During the process, the gold molecules form strong bonds with the NaCN and become water-soluble. Applying zinc separates the cyanide molecules from the gold and turns the gold back into a solid, preparing it for the smelting process.
  • Africa includes abundant mineral sources, making it a hub for the global mining industry. Apart from South Africa, a significant mining industry, the countries like Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso, also include rapidly growing mining industries.
  • Africa is a major producer of many essential mineral commodities, with bountiful reserves of metals and minerals such as gold, diamond, cobalt, bauxite, iron ore, coal, and copper across the continent.
  • West Africa is a prime spot for gold exploration. It attracted significant investments from companies worldwide in the past few years, owing to the largely untouched mineral reserves present in the region. There is a significant growth in the gold assets in West Africa, with around 367 assets in the exploration stage, 24 assets under economic assessment, and 61 assets in the production or construction stage.
  • The total gold mine production in Africa amounted to 680.3 metric tons in 2021, an increase of roughly 0.5% compared to the previous year.
  • From 2010 onward, there was an increase in gold production, which reached approximately 3,000 metric tons in 2022. More than 21 countries in Africa, the third-largest producer of gold in the world, are involved in gold mining. Ghana, the second-largest supplier of gold in Africa and one of the world's top producers, generated about 90 metric tons of gold in 2022.
  • The application of sodium cyanide in mining and metallurgy is expected to increase during the forecast period.
Africa Sodium Cyanide Market - Mine Production of Gold, in Metric Tons, Africa, 2017-2021

South Africa to Dominate the Market

  • South Africa is incredibly rich in natural resources, with large reserves of some of the most valuable minerals on the planet below its surface. The mining industry became hugely important to the country.
  • South Africa produces over 250 million tons of coal every year. It is estimated that almost 75% of this coal is used domestically. Nearly 80% of the energy needs of South Africa are taken care of by coal, and over 90% of the coal consumed on the entire African continent is produced in South Africa.
  • Additionally, coal production in South Africa amounted to 5.55 exajoules in 2021, down by nearly 5% from the previous year.
  • South Africa was the world's leading gold producer until 2007. However, production declined significantly from that time onward due to the stagnation of the country's mining industry. In 2022, approximately 110 metric tons of gold were produced in South Africa.
  • Some of the major gold mines in the country include the South Deep gold mine, the Kromdraai gold mine, the Mponeng gold mine, the East Rand gold mine, and the Tautona gold mine, among others.
  • The South African chemical industry is an upstream sector for the country's mining and agricultural sectors. It is also one of the major chemical industries in Africa. As the country includes significant raw material sources, an increase in foreign investment may create significant growth opportunities in the country's chemical sector in the future.
  • According to the Chemical and Allied Industries Association, the chemicals industry is a crucial sector of the South African economy. It accounts for about 25% of the nation's manufacturing sales.
  • The Chemicals business of Sasol is South Africa's sole manufacturer of sodium cyanide solution, which is sold to the local gold mining industry to extract and elute gold. In South Africa, Sasol Polymers Sasolburg operates Sodium Cyanide Production Plants 1 and 2, which are recertified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).
  • Therefore, the factors above are expected to boost sodium cyanide consumption in mining and chemical sectors across South Africa.
Africa Sodium Cyanide Market - Production of Coal, in Exajoules, South Africa, 2017-2021

Sodium Cyanide Industry Overview

The sodium cyanide market in Africa is majorly consolidated, with the top four players accounting for a significant share in production capacities. Major players in the market include TAEKWANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD, TSPC, Sasol, Orica Limited, and Australian Gold Reagents Pty Ltd, among others (not in any particular order).

Sodium Cyanide Market Leaders

  1. Sasol

  2. Orica Limited


  4. TSPC

  5. Australian Gold Reagents Pty Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Africa Sodium Cyanide Market Concentration
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Sodium Cyanide Market News

  • January 2023: Shortages of sodium cyanide in Tanzania has hampered the country's large and medium sclae miners.
  • April 2022: Australian Gold Reagents (AGR) announced plans to expand its sodium cyanide production at its Kwinana, Western Australia facility to support the growing global demand for gold. It will increase AGR's production capacity by circa 30,000 tons per annum from its existing production of more than 90,000 tons annually, with sodium cyanide to be used in gold mining operations across Australia, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.

Sodium Cyanide Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand from the Gold Mining Activities

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Use in Chemical and Polymer Synthesis

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Toxicity of Sodium Cyanide

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)

    1. 5.1 End-user Industry

      1. 5.1.1 Mining

      2. 5.1.2 Chemical

      3. 5.1.3 Other End-user Industries

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Ghana

      2. 5.2.2 Burkina Faso

      3. 5.2.3 Egypt

      4. 5.2.4 Tanzania

      5. 5.2.5 Zimbabwe

      6. 5.2.6 Mali

      7. 5.2.7 Democratic Republic of Congo

      8. 5.2.8 Sudan

      9. 5.2.9 Guinea

      10. 5.2.10 South Africa

      11. 5.2.11 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Australian Gold Reagents Pty Ltd

      2. 6.3.2 Evonik Industries AG

      3. 6.3.3 HeBei ChengXin

      4. 6.3.4 Honeywell International Inc.

      5. 6.3.5 Orica Limited

      6. 6.3.6 Sasol


      8. 6.3.8 TSPC

      9. 6.3.9 The Chemours Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Discovery of New Mines

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Sodium Cyanide Industry Segmentation

Sodium cyanide is a colorless sodium salt whose crystals belong to the cubic crystal system. Its aqueous solutions are fundamental due to the presence of cyanide ions. The sodium cyanide market is segmented by end-user industry and geography. Based on the end-user industry, the market is segmented into mining, chemical, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts in 10 countries. The market sizing and forecasts are based on volume (kilotons) for each segment.

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Rest of Africa
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Sodium Cyanide Market Research FAQs

The Africa Sodium Cyanide Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 3% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Sasol, Orica Limited, TAEKWANG INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD, TSPC and Australian Gold Reagents Pty Ltd are the major companies operating in the Africa Sodium Cyanide Market.

The report covers the Africa Sodium Cyanide Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Africa Sodium Cyanide Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Sodium Cyanide Market in Africa Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)