Potassium Nitrate Market is Expected to Grow at A CAGR of Around 4%

Date: 2015-12-23

It estimates the potassium nitrate market to witness a steady growth at a CAGR of around 4%, in terms of volume, during the forecast period. The growing demand for nitrogen-based fertilizers, especially from the Asian region is driving the growth of this market. Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, which accounts for nearly 40% of the world’s population, are largest markets for these fertilizers.

The loss of soil fertility and the arable land cover is expected to pose challenges for the growth of the market during the forecast period. Over a period, the chemical components in the fertilizers and pesticides break down and contaminate the soil. This reduces the fertility of the soil. For instance, in China and India, the excessive usage of fertilizer is resulting in deterioration of soil health, resulting in a fall in arable land. 
Segmentation by end user and analysis of – agriculture, pharmaceuticals, food industry 

The agricultural segment accounted for 64% of the total demand during 2014 and is expected to grow at a rate of 3% during the forecast period. Potassium is the most widely used fertilizer nutrient and helps in improving water retention, nutrient value, color, texture, yield, and disease resistance of crops. Potassium nitrate is used as an important component of N-K water-soluble fertilizer with 13.7% of nitrate nitrogen and 46% of potassium oxide.

Production using potassium chloride accounted for nearly 48% of the overall market during 2014. Potassium nitrate is produced with the help of a double decomposition reaction of sodium nitrate and potassium chloride.

APAC accounted for around 48% of the global market share during 2014 and is expected to reach a market value of USD 722 million by the end of the forecast period. China and India are the market leaders in this region. An increasing population and the resultant food demand are driving the intensity of fertilizer usage in the region, thereby driving the market growth of potassium nitrate.

Competitive landscape and key vendors – Haifa, Migao, SQM, Uralchem, Yara Chemicals
The potassium nitrate market is dominated by chemical majors from North America and Latin America such as SQM, Haifa, and Uralchem. The market in certain geographies is dominated by state-owned players who enjoy preferential treatment and cheap access to the feedstock. Around 70% of the total shipments going into the export market are controlled by BPC and Canpotex.

The leading vendors in the market are –
– Arab Fertilizers and Chemicals 
– Haifa
– Migao
– Uralchem
– Yara Chemicals

Other prominent vendors in the market include Agrium, Barium and Chemicals, ICL, K+S AG, GFS Chemicals, Potash Corp, and Qinghai Salt Lake.


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