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Sulphuric acid: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2015
The global sulphuric acid market enters the fourth quarter with an element of divergence between regions.
In Europe, an adjustment is being seen as regular trade flows to Brazil are being met with competition from volumes being supplied from within the Latin American region. Delays to acid-consuming projects and new capacities are also putting pressure on smelters and traders to place tonnes with alternative buyers.
In Asia, despite the continued ramp-up of new capacity at the Glencore-owned PASAR smelter in the Philippines, the region is tight due to unexpected outages in Japan and South Korea, with scheduled maintenance during the quarter at major smelters of Pan Pacific Copper and Sumitomo expected to keep the region balanced-to-tight.
In North America, expected further decreases in the upcoming Tampa sulphur settlement and concerns about mining production cuts are weighing on annual contract negotiations. Annual contracts are expected to be agreed during the quarter, with the long international market expected to put downward pressure on imports throughout the fourth quarter.
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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.