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Sulphuric acid: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
The global sulphuric acid market is set to remain balanced-to-tight throughout the second quarter of 2015.
Demand from key importing nations Chile and China are expected to continue at a similar rate to last year. However, imports are slightly down in both regions in January-February 2015, compared with imports in the same period in 2014.
South Korean and Japanese smelters will remain key exporters in the Asia region. Despite smelter-acid availability remaining tight and prices at higher levels than last year, China is expected to continue exporting cargoes as the market demands, especially to India. The Philippines market will be especially quiet during the second quarter, with maintenance planned at both producer and consumer plants.
The European market is expected to remain balanced and the majority of supply will be covered by contracts. Spot cargoes are anticipated to be limited, but recent strong demand from the US Gulf and some demand from Brazil will see cargoes moving across the transatlantic routes.
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About Sulphuric acid
A key use of sulphuric acid is for the production of fertilizers. Other uses include the production of carbon disulphide, sulphur dioxide and phosphorous pentasulphide; pulp and paper; and rubber vulcanising. Sulphuric acid can also be used in its diluted form as battery acid for the automotive sector.
Sulphuric acid is colourless in appearance and of an oily liquid consistency. It is both corrosive and toxic and has the ability to cause serious burns. In addition, it is harmful through inhalation, ingestion and through skin contact.