The global soda ash market reached a volume of 56.5 Million Tons in 2018, registering a CAGR of 2% during 2011-2018. Soda ash (Na2CO3), also known as sodium carbonate or washing soda, is a white, odorless and non-toxic organic salt of sodium. It is generally found in natural deposits and can also be acquired from the ashes of plants growing in sodium-rich soils. Soda ash belongs to the Chlor-alkali family and is widely used in numerous industries owing to its disinfectant properties. It acts as a vital component in bleach, stain removers, sanitizing sprays, laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners and automatic dishwashing detergents. It is also utilized as a fungicide, microbicide, herbicide and as a pH adjuster in personal care products.
One of the primary factors that are impelling the growth of the market is the burgeoning glass industry across the world. The demand for glass products has experienced a significant rise in recent years on account of the boosting sales of automobiles and increasing construction activities. Besides glass manufacturing, soda ash is also utilized in the production of several chemicals such as sodium silicate, sodium chromate and dichromate, and sodium bicarbonate and percarbonate. It is also used for making dyes, coloring agents, and adhesives and sealants. Moreover, as soda ash aids in maintaining the pH level of water, it is employed in the manufacturing of soaps, detergents and shampoos. The rising demand for these products, due to growing awareness among consumers about personal hygiene, is providing a positive thrust to the sales of soda ash. Additionally, the increasing number of wastewater treatment projects supported by stringent government regulations in various countries is further influencing the market growth. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach a volume of 67.4 Million Tons by 2024.
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Soda ash is widely used in the manufacturing of glass as it helps in regulating the temperature of the furnace to attain stability. The increasing adoption of glass packaging solutions in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and personal care industries is strengthening the market growth in this segment.
On the geographical front, China represents the largest market for soda ash across the world. This can be attributed to the presence of several players in the country and the increasing use of soda ash in large-scale textile and pulp and paper industries.
The competitive landscape of the market has been analyzed in the report with the detailed profiles of the major players. Some of the leading players operating in the market are:
The essential aspects of the global soda ash market evaluated in the report include:
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