Worldwide Fertilizers Consumption Forecast

Fertilizer, a chemical or natural substance added to soil to increase its fertility and thus enhances the growth of plants.

Fertilizers typically provide, in varying proportion:

Three main macronutrients:

  • Nitrogen (N): leaf growth;
  • Phosphorus (P): Development of roots, flowers, seeds, fruit;
  • Potassium (K): Strong stem growth, movement of water in plants, promotion of flowering and fruiting.

Three secondary macronutrients:

  • Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), and Sulfur (S)

Micronutrients:

  • Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Zinc (Zn), Boron (B), and of occasional significance there are Silicon (Si), Cobalt (Co), and Vanadium (V).

Fertilizer consumption is dependent on human population and the increase of fertilizers consumption will mainly result from expansion of human population.

 

Historical Data

As shown in Figure 1, different regions have yielded various time-changing trajectories in fertilizers consumption as follows:

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The total fertilizers consumption of the world increased rapidly before the mid-1980s. The consumption began to fluctuate since the mid-1980s.

Developed countries

Total fertilizers consumption in developed countries touched a peak during the years 1980 to 1985 and declined since this peak. It began to fluctuate after the late 1990s.

Developing countries

In developing countries, the total fertilizers consumption has been increasing since 1961.

 

Analysis 

  • Model analysis shows that world’s per capita annual consumption of total fertilizers, nitrogenous fertilizers, phosphate fertilizers, and potash fertilizers, is 34.6, 24.4, 6.6, and 3.7 kg, respectively.
  • Per capita annual consumption of total fertilizers for Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Oceania, North & Central America, Europe, and South America is 38.8, 5.9, 6.8, 114.0, 62.9, −0.9, and 43.6 kg, respectively.
  • The world’s total fertilizers consumption will reach to 226,150,381 MT by 2030, an increase of 32.1% against current level.
  • Compared to the current level, worldwide consumption of nitrogenous fertilizers, phosphate fertilizers, and potash fertilizers will reach 141,800,601, 50,961,129, and 33,388,650 MT by 2030, increasing 37.5, 25.8, and 21.2% based on current levels. For Asia and Africa, consumption of total, nitrogenous, phosphate, and potash fertilizers will increase 54 to 55% and 40 to 60% by 2030, respectively.
  • There will be an increase of 39.4% for the total fertilizers consumption in North & Central America by 2030, and in South America and Oceania it will increase by 30.9 and 64.7%, respectively.
  • By 2030, Caribbean’s consumption for total fertilizers will increase 2.8% and for Europe, total fertilizers consumption is forecast to continuously decline and will have a decrease of 2.4% by 2030.
  • Annual relative growths of consumption of total fertilizers, nitrogenous fertilizers, phosphate fertilizers, and potash fertilizers for the world, Africa, Asia, and South America were forecast to decrease in the forecast period.
  • For North & Central America, annual relative growths of consumption of total fertilizers and nitrogenous fertilizers will decrease and the others will increase annually by 2030.
  • Annual relative growths of consumption of total fertilizers, phosphate fertilizers, and potash fertilizers for Oceania were forecast to rise annually by 2030. Europe’s annual relative growths of consumption of total fertilizers and potash fertilizers will decrease in the future.

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By: Dhananjai

11 Fantastic uses of Soda Ash

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Soda ash is also known as Sodium Carbonate, it is a white, anhydrous, odourless powder. It is non-toxic and non-flammable, thus it is safe to use and even kept in the household.  It has been used in ancient Egyptian times in the making of glass ornaments and vessels. The Romans also used soda ash for baking bread, making glass and for medicinal purposes. In modern day, it is still a widely used commodity. There are 3 different grades of Soda Ash: Dense Soda Ash, Light Soda Ash and Washing Soda.

Soda Ash Industrial uses

  1. Production of Detergent

Sodium carbonate replaces the phosphates in household detergents previously and exists in many common cleaning products.

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  1. Production of Glass

Used to lower the melting point of silica, it is a crucial component of glass. This is also the most common use for Soda Ash.

  1. Metallurgy

Soda ash is used to de-calcify or remove sulphurs and phosphates from some ferrous and non-ferrous ores. It is used in the recycling of zinc and aluminium.

  1. Other Industrial Chemical

Due to its high solubility sodium carbonate is used in many chemical reactions. It is used as raw material for the manufacture of fertilizers and dyes and colouring agents. It is also used as a chemical agent in the petroleum and enamelling industries.

  1. Water Treatment

Due to the alkalinity of Soda ash, it is used to treat and balance the pH of the lakes that are affected by acid rain.

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  1. Waste air cleaning

Soda Ash is used in the removal of sulphur dioxide and hydrochloric acid from stack gases

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Commercial Uses

  1. Unclog and freshen drains

Using a solution of 1/2 cup washing soda and 1 gallon of warm water. Run hot water down the drain and add the solution. Flush the drain with hot water. Use as needed or every few weeks. It’s safe for septic systems. Do not use with commercial cleaners as they do not interact well.

  1. Tile Descaler

Concentrated washing soda acts as a tile descaler, which is a problem when you have hard water. Just mix 1/2 cup of washing soda with 1 gallon of warm water. Rinse with warm water.

  1. Remove Moss from surface

Sprinkle Washing soda on the moss covered surface, adding just enough water to form a paste. Let it sit in the sun for a day or two and then simply rinse with a hose to clear away the dead moss.

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  1. Clean grease off concrete

Sprinkle Washing Soda on the stains and add a bit of water to make a paste and let it sit overnight. The next day, hose the area and wipe clean. Repeat if necessary.

  1. Strip off old paint or wax from floors

Mix washing soda with just enough water to form a paste and spread it on the area to be stripped. Be sure and wear gloves. You can start checking for progress after a few hours but plan ahead, you may need to leave it overnight.

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Possible Threats that Chemical Industry Might Face in 2017

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Eurozone – The European Union went through few challenges in 2016, even known that Eurozone GDP rose by about 0.4%, the region is still struggling to create any major scope of business for the chemical industry. In addition, experts predict many uncertainties could happen over the trade agreements between the region and U.S which are backed by Trump administration.







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The situation in Chinese Market – The second largest economy in the world and one of the important players in the chemical industry, in 2016 China had 6.7% GDP expansion which matched the previous annual GPD for the first time in 26 years. The slowdown in private investment, growing corporate debt, industrial overcapacity and geopolitical uncertainties brought up by North Korea might fall over the chemical industry in the region.







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Price Barriers in Fertilizer and Agrichemical spaceThe pricing environment, especially pushed by overcapacity production, leave out the fertilizer and agricultural companies in the difficult situation. As we know, the price of potash is to drop even further due to the overcapacity production. The global market of potash, facing inevitable fate where the suppliers have to cope with the harsh pricing. By observation, we can say that nitrogen is following a similar trend. New production lines together with excessive outputs will affect the bottom line pricing. The situation in North America, as we saw the rise of nitrogen capacity will further affect the pricing environment in 2017-18.






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The situation in the Energy SectorThe global situation in the energy sector, especially the market of crude oil still in an unfavorable situation for suppliers. Extensive production led the prices to the bottom line. Even known, today a barrel of crude oil is trading at $50.46 and backed by expert noting that it will stabilize in the future, it won’t leave the suppliers calm because of fracking activities in the US. It affected the oil processing chemicals, the prices shrank and it will correlate in the future depending on the situation in the energy sector.

Growing Tartaric Acid Market Demand

Tartaric acid exists naturally in plants, particularly grapes, bananas, and tamarinds. Naturally occurring tartaric acid is chiral, meaning it has molecules that are not superimposable on their mirror images. It is a useful raw material in organic chemistry for the synthesis of other chiral molecules. The naturally occurring form of the acid is L-(+)-tartaric acid or dextrotartaric acid.

Essentially, tartaric acid is an antioxidants which indirectly serves as a preservative in the food industry especially in soft drinks, fruit juices, candies and certain types of jams. The acid also plays a major role in wine-making where it is used during the fermentation process for acidity adjustments  to make for a more palate pleasing taste. In essence, tartaric acid also serves as an acidulent in the food industry.

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Like all other preservatives, tartaric acid has the ability to extend the shelf life of the food products we consume. It enables perishable goods to be delivered to their respective destinations.

The Global Tartaric Acid Market is expected to reach USD 425 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Increasing wine consumption in Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to remain a main factor driving the tartaric acid market growth over the forecast period. Increasing tartaric acid consumption as anti-oxidant and taste enhancer in food products is also expected to have a positive impact on the market growth.

Tartaric acid prices witnessed a decline during 2009 to 2010 mainly due to economic recession in U.S. and debt crisis in Europe. The prices recovered there after due to high tartaric acid demand from emerging markets. Tartaric acid prices are projected to remain stable over the forecast period which is expected to benefit the market in terms of revenue.

Wine was the largest application segment and accounted for 33.6% of the total market volume in 2013. Tartaric acid is widely used in wine applications as a preservative, pH level reducer and tartness improver. Increasing wine consumption and production in China and with growing per capita consumption in Brazil, China, Italy, Spain and France is expected to drive tartaric acid demand in wineries. Wine is also expected to witness the highest growth rate of 5.7% from 2014 to 2020.

Global tartaric acid market demand was 60.56 kilo tons in 2013 and is expected to reach 87.18 kilo tons by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 5.3% from 2014 to 2020.

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Europe emerged as the largest regional market and accounted for 39.4% of the total market volume in 2013. High tartaric acid demand for wine production in Italy, France and Spain is expected to drive the regional market growth over the forecast period. Increasing tartaric acid penetration in niche applications such as chelating agents is also expected to further complement the regional market growth. Anti-dumping duties established by the European Commission for Chinese tartaric acid imports are anticipated to secure the regional market production scenario.

Asia Pacific is expected to observe the largest growth of 6.8% from 2014 to 2020. Increasing tartaric acid market demand in wine production particularly in China is expected to drive the regional market. Growth of food & beverages industry in China, India and Indonesia is also expected to drive the regional market. Increasing awareness among consumers regarding health benefits offered by anti-oxidants has also created demand for tartaric acid market demand.

 

Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next update! For more information visit http://food-chemicals.com/ for a diverse range of chemicals present in our database.

By: Zaki

 

Skins for Leather

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For this week’s discussion, we are going to talk about the skins used in leather production. There are as many leathers as there are animals with skin. Each of the skin have different applications based on their properties. Lambskin leather, for example, is softer  than cowhide leather and mostly used for casual wear rather than rugged wear of cowhide jacket. Below is the list of most popular skins used for leather production.

Cowhide

Cowhide is well-known as a very tough, durable and affordable leather. Cowhide leather is used in every leather product known including outerwear, jackets, casual coats, gloves, belts, saddles, bags, furniture, straps, shoes, boots and upholstery. It is also the most abundant and common leather source, which brings down the price. Cowhide leather is also very heavy, making it one of the toughest material.

Lambskin

Lambskin is a very popular choice for leather. This supple material can give great comfort for its wearer when used. Its flexibility and smoothness can follow the natural movement of human body. These properties make lambskin is commonly used to make clothing or accessories such as leather gloves or jackets. Unfortunately, lambskin is not a very durable material. It can break and age rapidly and it can be discarded within one year after purchase.

Kangaroo

Kangaroo leather is lightweight but also strong. It is made from wild kangaroo skin to retain its naturally occurring scratches, scuffs and range marks. Kangaroo leather is used to make items that needs to be strong and flexible. Moreover, the dark reddish-brown of kangaroo skin can also be used for motorcycle leathers that can protect cyclists in case they fall.

Calfskin

Calfskin has similar properties like lambskin but more resistant. It is also softer and more flexible than the fully grown cowhide. Calfskin is typically used to construct shoes and jacket. Calfskin is also considered fairly durable and it does not show scratches or blemishes easily. The drawback of calfskin is its expensive price from high material cost.

Goatskin

Goatskin is very versatile and can be used in many applications. It can be used for casual and work. The U.S. military even uses goatskin to make the famously known USAF A-2 military jacket. Goatskin is softer and more flexible than cowhide. It is also a resistant leather that often used to make robust bags or accessories. Moreover, goatskin’s look can improve with time. It is a rare type of leather which will look better the more it gets beaten up.

Crocodile

Crocodile skin is considered to be the most noble and expensive material. It is strong, supple, durable, solid and shows unique character caused by the irregularity of the scales. Crocodile skin is used to make luxury goods, handbags, wallets, boots, belts and briefcases.

Deerskin

Due to its harsh adaptation to its thorny and thicket filled habitat, deer hide becomes one of the toughest leather. The skin is used to create high quality personal accessories like handbag and wallets. Deer skin is also very expensive due to its rarity and high quality.

Ostrich Leather

Ostrich leather is used as the raw material for major fashion houses such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. It is highly demanded for its unique characteristic that can cause “goosebump” when it’s worn. It is a rare material but has the finest quality and durability. The skin itself is soft and supple with large feather quill follicles that can cause the “goosebump”. Ostrich leather is used for luxury fashion to make boots, footwear, upholstery, accessories, clothing, luggage, purses, wallets and briefcases.

Snakes

Snakeskins from Anaconda, Cobra and Python are very rare. Therefore, most snakeskins that are used come from commercially farmed sea snakes. Snakeskin is delicate, thin, soft, supple and flexible. It can be used to make boots, wallets and handbags for ready-to-wear stores such as Robert Cavalli and Lanvin.

Sheep

Sheep skin is soft, warm, lightweight, comfortable and pliable. It can be used in a similar way to the lamb to make leather garments. However due to its size restriction, it is hardly possible to make long sized items such as coat.

Tradeasia prides itself as one of the best leather chemical supplier. We sell various chemicals for different stages of leather manufacturing process with the best quality and services. In the meantime, feel free to drop by our company website leatherchemical.net to browse our catalogue for chemicals relevant to the leather industry or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Paper industry in India

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India’s first machine-made paper was produced in 1812. At that time, there were only 15 mills, producing mainly newsprints. Since then, the Indian paper market has evolved from only newsprints to a diversified and specialized industry that produces many types of papers for various uses. The current India paper industry is growing in such a rapid speed. Coupled with the ever rising demand and job opportunity creation in this industry, the forecasted demand of Indian paper is expected to reach 10 million tons with printing and writing papers accounting for 33 percent of this. Most of the Indian paper mills are privately owned with only a few running under the government of India. Major players are Ballarpur and West Coast Tamil Nadu industry.

 

Despite covering 15 percent of the world’s population, paper consumption levels stands at a low 3 to 5 percent for India. Poverty and literacy are the factors behind this low level of consumption. However, growing consumerism, rising literacy and the increasing use of documentation will keep demand for writing and printing paper afloat. Though the per capita consumption for the India paper industry is still rather low compared to its peers, demand for paper products in India is expected to rise by 53 percent by 2020 primarily due to a sustained increase in the number of school-going children in rural areas.

 

From a demand point of view, every incremental in consumption results in additional demand for paper products in India each year. This indicates that there is a lot of room for growth of this industry in India. Besides, policy factors also have a key role to play in the growth of the India paper industry. As mentioned, the Indian government is currently focusing on improving literacy. This will result in increased expansion in organised retail as well as demand for paper products in India.

 

Paper is an established business and its consumption is being encouraged. What’s heartening is that the industries has continued to grow despite the challenges faced by the India paper industry. Tradeasia provides various chemicals used in the paper industry. Visit us at paper-chemicals.biz or contact us at contact@chemtradeasia.com for more information about these products

 

By: Albert

Case study: Detergent Market in South Africa

The detergent market in Africa is on the rise, with multinational companies looking to enter this emerging market. Rapid urbanisation in South Africa has led to increase in demand within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. GDP growth in South Africa is expected to grow as below:

2015

2016* 2017* 2018* 2019*
2% 2.1% 2.2% 2.5%

2.9%

Table: Real GDP expected growth rate in South Africa (*estimated)

Following the advent of urbanisation in South Africa, the middle class is growing larger and with more disposable income. This accounts for a growing proportion of the detergent industry in South Africa.

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Overall market growth

The household cleaning and detergent market is expected to experience the highest growth as a main outcome of increasing urbanisation and demand for improved hygiene.

2015

2016* 2017* 2018* 2019*
4% 4.1% 4.1% 4.5%

4.8%

Table: Household cleaning and detergent market expected growth rate in South Africa (*estimated)

Laundry detergent manufacturers are anticipated to increase at a constant CAGR value of 2% from 2015until 2018, with automatic detergents driving the performance. All other automatic detergents categories are expected to reflect positive CAGRs ranging from 3-4% over the forecast period.

Driving forces in growth of the market:

  1. Furthermore, a driving factor for the detergent industry in South Africa would be the government’s spending on improve the country’s healthcare system, with hospital infrastructure and health care facilities comprising 20% of surfactant market share. This pushes the demand for cleaning products.
  2. Following urbanisation, the country now has an increase in Internet access. Previously acting as the major constraint in South Africa, the growth of e-commerce is now climbing high as the market gets more competitive. Nevertheless, only higher-end detergent manufacturers have the means and financial capability of developing their business through this e-platform.

 

Challenges faced in the industry

In South Africa, the majority of the ingredients used in detergent manufacturing are currently imported. Although the competition of ingredients is moderate with different suppliers in the industry, the major concern lies in the ‘luxury’ tax imposed upon these local manufacturers. An ad valorem tax of 5 – 7% in addition to the cost price of the ingredients are exercised. Local manufacturers suffer the most impact from the extra cost in production.

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On the other hand, international players get imposed higher import duties from local governments, diminishing their strategies in breaking through the South Africa detergent market. A few producers have stated that duties were as high a 20%. This forces the bigger players to have a much differing pricing of the product on the end-user market, allowing local players to have a chance. That being said, exceptions are allowed when proven to be beneficial for the country as whole. For instance, when a company exports the finished product beyond a level – bringing foreign reserves for the country; or when the government hopes to build local employment through these international companies having a manufacturing plant within their country’s borders.

 

To find out more about the chemicals used in detergent manufacturing, visit our detergent website.

By: Sinyee

Wastewater Management in Saudi Arabia

In the 2016 Top Markets Study (TMS), conducted by the U.S. International Trade Administration, Saudi Arabia ranks 6th for overall environmental technologies and it also ranks 5th in the global wastewater treatment market. This highlights the importance of water and wastewater technology in Saudi Arabia’s hot and dry climate. Its 10th Development Plan (2015- 2019) listed various environmental protection goals, which includes the various challenges in protecting the country’s water resources.

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In Saudi Arabia, water resources are regulated by the Ministry of Water and Electricity and National Water Company (NWC). The NWC was created to manage water tenders for water infrastructure development. The NWC is currently a government-owned entity but is designed to evolve into a private sector holding company as the Saudi water sector becomes privatized.

According to the NWC’s plans, approximately USD 66.4 billion will be invested in new water infrastructure and related services between 2012 and 2020. Out of this amount, USD 30 billion will be directed towards capital expenditures. Recently, the government decided to restructure the water tariffs, which have been among the lowest in the world.  The impact of declining oil prices and years of wasteful overuse motivated the government to increase industrial and commercial water tariffs by 125 percent.

Wastewater plant_Saudi ArabiaWastewater treatment plant in Saudi Arabia

The demand for water services in Saudi Arabia is high as urbanization and population growth increases. The NWC is expected to invest USD 12.8 billion in capital expenditures and USD 17.9 billion in operations expenditures in wastewater treatment and distribution between 2012 and 2020. The NWC privatization scheme will transfer management to private companies to ameliorate the problem of non-revenue water. This will be achieved by investing in water treatment technologies such as smart metering and leak detection technologies.  In addition, there is also an emphasis on improving the sewer system and creating separate systems for storm water management. Approximately 40 percent of the Saudi Arabia utilizes combined sewers which has exacerbated flooding in recent years. Similarly, investments in such water treatment technologies will be the focus in the near future.

 

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By: Saiful

Diversion of Crude Tall Oil (CTO) as a biofuel feedstock

Biofuel production has long been shrouded with controversy, especially over the appropriateness of its feedstock. One ongoing debate is the usage of edible crops as feedstock that has resulted in unintended consequences such as a rise in food prices. One solution proposed by many is the use of wood-based biomass as biofuel feedstock. However, this approach too creates unintended consequences in many bio-based industries.

 

One such bio-based industry affected in the pine chemical industry, which is reliant on Crude Tall Oil. It is a sustainable resource that is dependent on the production volume of the paper pulping industry. CTO can be processed and distilled to obtain pine chemicals such as Tall Oil Fatty Acids and Tall Oil Pitch. It is a vibrant industry that has been adding value to society by producing many innovative consumer products and key to achieving a successful bio-economy.  However, in recent years, the industry is under risk due the change in policies by governments and transnational bodies like the EU. The EU has drafted a framework promoting the efficiency usage of biomass for increased greenhouse savings. Under the framework, CTO is subjected for biofuels development because of its identification as residue in many EU nations. EU members incentivized the development with the belief that the CTO as biofuel feedstock will substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fossil fuel usage.

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However, these assumptions were proved to be flawed in recent independent certified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of GHG emissions of pine chemicals compared to biofuel. Here are the some of the key findings:

 

  • The carbon footprint for weighted global pine chemicals is found to be approximately 50.7% lower than substitute products in end applications. Pine chemicals produce a global average of 1,331 kg CO2 equivalent per ton while its substitutes produce 2,698 kg CO2 equivalent per ton.
  • Pine chemical substitutes with notably higher carbon footprint include hydrocarbon resin and fuel. For soybean and its associated pine chemical, there is not a significant difference between their global average carbon footprints.
  • Results showed that there is no carbon or energy footprint benefit gain from the diversion of CTO to a biofuel feedstock, which is currently practiced in Europe.
  • Fossil fuel used in the manufacturing of pine chemical substitutes significantly offset the reduction gain from using CTO as a biofuel.

 

From the study, it demonstrates that it may not be a good suggestion to incentivize Crude Tall Oil as biofuel feedstock as there are no tangible environmental benefits. In addition, the diversion not only places huge amounts of capitals at risk but also hurt innovation and destroys jobs.

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By: Wen Hao

The first surfactant introduced for an environmental cause – LABSA / LAS

Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonic Acid (LABSA), is the world’s most widely used synthetic detergent surfactant. Its salt, Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonates (LAS) serves the same purpose. They were developed as a replacement for the previously widely used detergent surfactant, the highly branched Alkylbenzene Sulfonates. LABSA became the first surfactant that was introduced to improve the environment problems the industry posed.

The replacement was due to the branched Alkylbenzene Sulfonate being resistant to biodegradation by bacteria. In comparison, LAS has a very high level of biodegradation (97 – 99%). Chemical wastes that are persistent in the water bodies after being discharged cause environmental problems. Pollution of the rivers not just cause the toxic water, but more importantly, innocent animals and plants living in the water gets implicated and sacrifices.

Foams in RiverFoaming from persistent chemical waste present in water discharge

LABSA was first introduced in 1964. LABSA is prepared industrially by sulfonating Linear Alkylbenzene (LAB). Sulfonation is done using sulfur trioxide to produce the Sulfonic Acid. Subsequent Sulfonic Acid is neutralised with Sodium Hydroxide to form its sulfonate salt. For this reason, LAB is also called the precursor of LABSA. As LAB is obtained from the feedstocks of crude oil, the LABSA’s market gets affected along with the price trends of crude oil.

In 2002 – 2006 when crude oil prices were high, LAS fared to be less competitive to the other surfactants in the market. The consumption of LABSA stabilised during 2007 – 2011, when its price was closer to the other surfactants. The lower crude oil prices in the last few years have helped LAS to be more competitive in the market.

In recent years, consumption of LABSA in the developed countries have stabilised. Future growth in LABSA’s market is expected in some less-developed regions, such as Middle East, Africa, India, China and Southeast Asia. As countries develop, their standard of living slowly increase along with their spending power. Hygiene will become one of the basics of living and hence the market growth. It is projected that the LABSA / LAS’s growth in Asia – Pacific region will be more than 50% share of the whole global growth.

 

LABSA World ConsumptionLABSA’s market in the world, 2014

Today about 83-87% of LAS is used in household detergents, including laundry powders, laundry liquids, dishwashing liquids, and other household cleaners. LABSA is also used in agricultural herbicides, emulsion polymerisation, textiles and fibres.

Read about another chemical used for replacement in detergents here.

For more information on chemicals for detergent manufacturing, visit our detergent website.

By: Sinyee