Iodine Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Iodine Market is segmented by Source (Underground Brines, Caliche Ore, Recycling, and Seaweeds), Form (Inorganic Salts and Complexes, Organic Compounds, and Elementals and Isotopes), Application (Animal Feed, Medical, Biocides, Optical Polarizing Films, Fluorochemicals, Nylon, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecast for Iodine in volume (metric tons) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Iodine Market - Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Europe
CAGR: 5.53 %

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Market Overview

The market of Iodine is expected to reach 45,623.03 metric tons by 2026, registering a CAGR of 5.53% during the forecast period (2021-2026). The increasing demand in X-ray contrast media, growing iodine deficiency among people, and vast applications of iodine derivatives​​ are likely to drive the demand for iodine. Moreover, the toxicity of iodine and health-related issues, due to excessive consumption of iodine and unfavorable conditions arising due to the COVID-19 outbreak, are major restraints in the market studied.

  • By application, the medical sector is expected to dominate the market, owing to the increase in the usage of iodine to cure diseases, like goiter.
  • Europe is dominating the global iodine market, with major consumption coming from countries, such as Germany, the United Kingdom, and France.

Scope of the Report

Iodine is known as a chemical material that turns purple by reacting with starch and being contained in various seaweed types. The salt concentration in brine is almost the same as that in seawater. Iodine and its derivatives are indispensable in a wide range of nutritional, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications. The iodine market is segmented by source, form, application, and geography. By source, the market is segmented into Underground Brines, Caliche Ore, Recycling, and Seaweeds. On the basis of form, the market is segmented into Inorganic Salts and Complexes, Organic Compounds, and Elementals and Isotopes. Based on application, the market is segmented into Animal Feed, Medical, Biocides, Optical Polarizing Films, Fluorochemicals, Nylon, and Other Applications. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the Iodine market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (metric tons).

Underground Brine
Caliche Ore
Inorganic Salts and Complexes
Organic Compounds
Elementals and Isotopes
Animal Feeds
Optical Polarizing Films
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Medical Segment to Dominate the Market

Iodine is a chemical element, which is the heaviest among all stable halogens. It exists as a lustrous, purple-black, non-metallic solid at standard conditions, which sublimes easily with gentle heat. In the Medical sector, the application of iodine includes X-ray contrast media, pharmaceuticals, iodophors, and povidone-iodine (disinfectants). Demand for iodine is increasing over the past few years, due to the rising need for X-ray contrast media, because of its low toxicity, high atomic number, and ease of adjunction with organic compounds.

Further, Iodophors are solutions that contain iodine and a solubilizing agent. In this way, a small amount of iodine is slowly released into the solution. One of the most widely used iodophors is povidone-iodine, which is often used for the disinfection of surfaces in breweries and dairy industries. Iodine is an effective, simple, and cost-efficient means of water disinfection for people who travel or work in areas where municipal water treatment is not reliable. In terms of the disinfection of drinking water, iodine is commonly used in the form of tablets or solutions during emergencies and by travelers. As the number of travelers are increasing in recent years, the demand for iodine as an Organization disinfection has also been increasing. The development of medical technologies has propelled the demand for iodine in this application. The radiographic contrast media containing iodine enhances the visibility of vascular structures and organs during radiographic procedures.

Moreover, iodine is used in pharmaceuticals for preparing disinfectants, bactericides, and analgesics, among others (for example, tincture of iodine), which is used in the synthesis of sodium iodide, potassium iodide, and iodine solution. The pharmaceutical industry stands to be the largest in North America, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific. Currently, in Asia-Pacific countries, such as India, China, Indonesia, etc., the pharmaceutical industry's growth is fast-paced and quickly evolving, with generic drug production dominating the regional pharmaceutical production. In the initial months of COVID-19 pandemic, due to the forced lockdown, the supply chain suffered. However, the industry recovered soon. By April 2020, the chain went back to be largely functional and intact. Chinese suppliers were back in operation, and the US and European active product ingredient (API) producers continue to operate without serious impediments. Manufacturers generally keep emergency stocks of ingredients on hand, and most claim that they are not yet threatened by a slowdown in deliveries of raw materials. During pandemic increased the rise in production of pharmaceuticals, in turn, increased the market for iodine.

Iodine Market - Segmentation Trends

United States - The Largest Consumer of Iodine

The United States is one of the world’s largest and most powerful economies. The economy’s growth rate was 2.3% in 2017, which increased to 3% in 2018. Further, in 2019, the GDP growth was recorded to be about 2.2%, i.e., 0.8% lower than in 2018. However, the country’s GDP declined to -4.3% in 2020, severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The drastic outbreak of COVID-19 in the country has led to a downfall in the economic growth, owing to a fall in consumer spending and business shutdowns. According to IMF forecasts, the GDP of the country is expected to grow to 3.1% in 2021 as it recovers from the pandemic situation.

The development of medical technologies has propelled the demand for iodine in this application. The radiographic contrast media containing iodine enhances the visibility of vascular structures and organs during radiographic procedures. Moreover, iodine is used in pharmaceuticals for preparing disinfectants, bactericides, and analgesics, among others (for example, tincture of iodine), which are used in the synthesis of sodium iodide, potassium iodide, and iodine solution. The pharmaceutical sector has been one of the major industries in the United States, as well as one of the most R&D-intensive industries in the country. According to the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), the share of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States is expected to increase from 40.3% in 2015 to 41% in 2020. The increasing geriatric population and the increasing requirement for medical facilities for the treatment of chronic diseases are expected to support the growth of the pharmaceutical sector and the consumption of iodine for the production of medicines in the country over the forecast period

The United States is the largest feed-producing country globally, with an estimated 214 million metric ton (MMT), with beef (61.09 MMT), broilers (48.525 MMT), and pigs (44.86 MMT) as the leading species. The demand for animal feed is very high in the United States as it is the world's largest producer and second-largest exporter of poultry meat. Poultry meat, including broilers, other chicken, turkey, beef, and pork, is in high demand in the country. With almost 18% of the total poultry production exported, the poultry industry of the United States is heavily influenced by currency fluctuations, trade negotiations, and economic growth in the importing market. With the increasing meat consumption and growing poultry industry in the country, the demand for animal feed has also been rapidly increasing, which is driving the market demand for iodine used in feed production.

In addition, the dependency on processed food in the country has been huge, which drives food processing activities in the country, creating demand for water treatment as well. The demand for biocide application in water treatment and the food and beverage industry is largely increasing owing to the growing awareness of having protected consumables. Since 2003, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funded around USD 10 billion for the construction and maintenance of 7,500 rural water and wastewater systems, and it is planning to further increase its investment in the coming years. This growing investment in water treatment is likely to create opportunity for the growth of the market studied. However, the above-mentioned scenario is likely to affect the economy and manufacturing activities due to lockdowns for a longer period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak had a negative impact on the market in 2020. The market for iodine is expected to recover and grow in the later part of the forecast period

Iodine Market - Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The market studied is consolidated, with the top four players accounting for about ~70% of the global market. Major companies in the market include SQM SA, ISE CHEMICALS CORPORATION, Algorta Norte, IOCHEM, and COSAYACH, among others.

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 in X-ray Contrast Media

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Iodine Deficiency among People

      3. 4.1.3 Vast Applications of Iodine Derivatives

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Toxicity of Iodine and Health-related Issues

      2. 4.2.2 Impact of COVID-19

      3. 4.2.3 Other Restraints

    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 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Source

      1. 5.1.1 Underground Brine

      2. 5.1.2 Caliche Ore

      3. 5.1.3 Recycling

      4. 5.1.4 Seaweeds

    2. 5.2 Form

      1. 5.2.1 Inorganic Salts and Complexes

      2. 5.2.2 Organic Compounds

      3. 5.2.3 Elementals and Isotopes

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Animal Feeds

      2. 5.3.2 Medical

      3. 5.3.3 Biocides

      4. 5.3.4 Optical Polarizing Films

      5. 5.3.5 Fluorochemicals

      6. 5.3.6 Nylon

      7. 5.3.7 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Algorta Norte

      2. 6.4.2 Calibre Chemicals Pvt. Ltd

      3. 6.4.3 Cosayach

      4. 6.4.4 Deep Water Chemicals

      5. 6.4.5 Eskay Iodine

      6. 6.4.6 Glide Chem Private Limited

      7. 6.4.7 GODO SHIGEN Co. Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 IOCHEM

      9. 6.4.9 Iofina PLC


      11. 6.4.11 ITOCHU CHEMICAL FRONTIER Corporation

      12. 6.4.12 Kanto Natural Gas Development Co. Ltd

      13. 6.4.13 NIPPOH CHEMICALS CO. LTD

      14. 6.4.14 Parad Corporation Pvt. Ltd

      15. 6.4.15 Protochem

      16. 6.4.16 Salvi Chemical Industries Ltd

      17. 6.4.17 Samrat Pharmachem Limited

      18. 6.4.18 SQM SA

      19. 6.4.19 TOHO EARTHTECH INC.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Rising Demand in Usage of Biocides

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Iodine Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Iodine Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.53% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

SQM SA, Iochem Corporation, COSAYACH, ISE CHEMICALS CORPORATION, Algorta Norte are the major companies operating in Iodine Market.

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