Caustic Soda Market Trends

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Market Trends of Caustic Soda Industry

Increasing Demand from the Soap and Detergent Segment

  • Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye or caustic soda, is an essential ingredient used in the manufacturing of soaps, cleaners, and detergents. People use sodium hydroxide a lot because it can break up oil, grease, fat, and protein deposits.
  • Caustic soda is used in the saponification process that converts vegetable oils into soap. It is used to manufacture anionic surfactants, a crucial component in most detergents and cleaning products.
  • Detergents are classified in terms of their ionic properties, namely, anionic, cationic, and non-ionic. The major applications of detergents are reflected in household cleaning and fuel additives.
  • Detergent is an effective disinfecting agent. Clothes, unlike other hard surfaces, have layers; hence, viruses can easily settle down on the clothes. Researchers hypothesized that soaking clothes in detergent for a few minutes before washing could aid in virus removal.This, in turn, is increasing the demand for detergent in households.
  • In soap production, sodium hydroxide is widely used to manufacture a variety of detergents used in homes and commercial applications. Chlor-alkali products are widely used for manufacturing soaps and detergents. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, manufacturers worldwide observed a boom in demand for soaps and detergents.
  • In 2020, the production volume of detergents will amount to almost 1,515 kilotons in India. India's per capita consumption of detergent stands at 2.7 kg. The leading players in the Indian detergent market are Henkel, Hindustan Unilever Limited, and Proctor & Gamble. Due to urbanization, there is an increasing demand for better-quality products.
  • In the United States, the demand for laundry detergent is growing steadily, which is further projected to accelerate the consumption of caustic soda within the country. In 2021, the average annual expenditure on soap and detergent was $80.49 per consumer.

During the forecast period, the global market is likely to be driven by all of the above factors.

Caustic Soda Market : Average Household Expenditure on Soaps and Detergents per Consumer, in USD, in United States, 2017-2021

The Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • Countries like China, India, Japan, and those in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are in the Asia-Pacific region. These countries are expected to grow in the coming years.
  • China is both the largest producer and the largest consumer of caustic soda in the world.
  • China is the largest pulp and paper-producing country in the world as a result of its large forest reserves (22.5% of its land area).
  • China is also a hub for chemical processing, accounting for a major chunk of all chemicals produced globally. With the growing need for both organic and inorganic chemicals around the world, it is expected that the demand for caustic soda from this sector will grow over the next few years.
  • India has a surplus of caustic soda because most of its plants are running at more than 85% capacity.
  • With the new capacity additions to meet the growing demand from the textile and alumina sectors, the caustic soda industry in India is likely to witness robust growth due to the rise in the number of pulp and paper mills.
  • The consumption and production of caustic soda in Japan and ASEAN countries have decreased in the past two years due to maintenance work and reduced demand, but they are expected to grow at a relatively higher pace in the forecast period.
  • In the coming years, the demand for caustic soda in the country is likely to go up as the pulp and paper, textile, and chemical processing industries grow.
Caustic Soda Market- Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Caustic Soda Market Size - Industry Report on Share, Growth Trends & Forecasts Analysis (2024 - 2029)