Caustic Soda Market Analysis and Forecast to 2032: By Grade (Reagent Grade, Industrial Grade, Pharmaceutical Grade), Application (Organics, Inorganics, Water Treatment, Others), and Region

The global caustic soda market was valued at US$ 45.7 billion in 2022 and it is anticipated to grow up to US$ 58.9 billion by 2032, at a CAGR of 2.6% during the forecast period.

Caustic soda, also known as sodium hydroxide, is a highly corrosive substance that is used in a variety of industries, including the production of paper, textiles, soaps, and detergents. Caustic soda is a strong base, which means it has a high pH level and can neutralize acids. When mixed with water, caustic soda creates a solution that is capable of dissolving many types of materials, including fats, oils, and even some metals. Caustic soda is also used in the manufacturing of plastics, aluminum, and other metals.

Report Attribute Details
Market Size in 2022$14.5 bn
Market Size in 2032$59.1 bn
Growth Rate (2022-32)15.1%
Historic Period2016-2021
Forecast Period2023-2032
Base Year2022
Segments CoveredGrade, Application and Region
Key CompaniesReliance Industries Limited, Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co., Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Meghmani Finechem Limited, OXY, Bayer AG, Tata Chemical Limited, Covestro AG, FMC Corporation, and Hanwha Chemical.
Regional ScopeNorth America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa
Analysis CoverageMarket Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Drivers, Trends, Restraints, Opportunities, Value-Chain, PESTLE, Key Events and Developments
Key Drivers and Trends

The key drivers of the caustic soda market are the growing demand from end-use industries such as aluminum, pulp and paper, chemicals, and textiles, and the increasing use of caustic soda as a feedstock in the production of chlor-alkali chemicals.

The aluminum industry is the largest consumer of caustic soda, accounting for more than 50% of total demand. Caustic soda is used in the production of primary aluminum, as well as in the refining of aluminum scrap. The pulp and paper industry is the second-largest consumer of caustic soda, accounting for about 15% of total demand. Caustic soda is used in the production of wood pulp, as well as in the bleaching of paper.

The chemicals industry is the third-largest consumer of caustic soda, accounting for about 10% of total demand. Caustic soda is used in the production of a variety of chemicals, including chlor-alkali chemicals, soaps and detergents, and dyes and pigments. The textile industry is the fourth-largest consumer of caustic soda, accounting for about 5% of total demand. Caustic soda is used in the production of textiles, as well as in the bleaching and dyeing of fabrics.

The demand for caustic soda is also driven by the increasing use of chlor-alkali chemicals as feedstocks in a variety of industries, including the chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals industries. Chlor-alkali chemicals are used in the production of a variety of products, including plastics, detergents, and pharmaceuticals.

Restraints & Challenges

The key restraints and challenges in caustic soda market are the high cost of caustic soda, the difficulty in transporting and storing caustic soda, the corrosive nature of caustic soda, the health hazards associated with caustic soda.

Global Caustic Soda Market Segmental Overview

The caustic soda market bifurcated on the basis of grade, application, and region.

Global Caustic Soda Market by Grade

On the basis of grade, it is divided into reagent grade, industrial grade, and pharmaceutical grade. The Industrial Segment has highest market Share with 40.1% in in 2022 and continues to rise over the forecast period. Caustic soda is a common industrial chemical found in pulp and paper, detergents, packaging, agriculture, environmental protection, water purification, foodstuffs, health, textiles, and the chemical, construction, and automobile sectors, this is the reason the industrial grade segment is expected to dominate over forecast period.

Global Caustic Soda Market by Application

By application, it is analyzed across organics, inorganics, water treatment, and others. The water treatment segment, has highest market Share with 42.3% in in 2022 and continues to rise over the forecast period. Sodium Hydroxide is a strong alkali, which means it is strongly ionized and has a high pH, among other things. As a result, in wastewater treatment, these items can be used to increase the pH of the water. It is also beneficial in the removal of heavy metal particulates from water. As the world is witnessing a large amount of waste and dump water across the world, the water treatment is highly necessary in coming days thus the segment is expected to dominate the forecast period. 

Global Caustic Soda Market by Region

Region-wise, it is studied across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and rest of the World. Asia Pacific accounted for 38.78% of the global caustic soda market in 2021 and is expected to maintain this upward tendency over the forecast period. This region’s growth is attributed to high consumer spending, rising interest rates, the development of the building and chemical industries, and government subsidies in the region. Furthermore, the widespread use of smart devices is expected to drive regional development in the caustic soda market.

Key Player

The caustic soda market report includes players such as Reliance Industries Limited, Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co., Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Meghmani Finechem Limited, OXY, Bayer AG, Tata Chemical Limited, Covestro AG, FMC Corporation, and Hanwha Chemical.

Covid-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 had a negative effect on the market. The effect of the coronavirus on demand for chlorine derivatives has reduced supply of caustic soda, a byproduct of chlorine production. However, increasing prevention due to the spread of COVID-19 increased demand for soaps, which in turn increased demand for caustic soda, driving the industry’s development.

Recent Developments 
  • In February 2022, The chemical division of Occidental Petroleum is contemplating overhauling some chlor-alkali plants in order to increase capacity to make higher-value caustic soda. This will allow it to make significant changes to its current capacity in order to satisfy the increasing demand for its key products.
  • In January 2021, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. revealed plans to increase its caustic soda production capacity by 390,000 mt/yr. Construction on the project is expected to be finished by the end of 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How big is the Caustic Soda market?

Ans. The global Caustic Soda market size was US$ 45.7 billion in 2022 and it is anticipated to grow up to US$ 58.9 billion by 2032, at a CAGR of 2.6% during the forecast period.

Q2. What is the Caustic Soda market growth rate?

Ans. The growth rate of the Caustic Soda market is 2.6% from 2022 to 2031.

Q3. Which region holds a major market share for the Caustic Soda market?

Ans. Asia Pacific holds a major market share of the Caustic Soda market in 2022.

Q4. Which segment accounted for the largest Caustic Soda market share?

Ans. On the basis of grade, it is divided into reagent grade, industrial grade, and pharmaceutical grade. The Industrial Segment has highest market Share with 40.1% in in 2022.

Q5. Who are the key players in the Caustic Soda market?

Ans. The global Caustic Soda market report includes players such as Reliance Industries Limited, Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co., Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, Meghmani Finechem Limited, OXY, Bayer AG, Tata Chemical Limited, Covestro AG, FMC Corporation, and Hanwha Chemical.

Q6. What are the factors driving the Caustic Soda market growth?

Ans. During the forecast period, the global agriculture sensor market is anticipated to grow due to the increasing adoption of water treatment and wide range of caustic soda use in Industrial segment.

Q7. What are the key growth strategies of Caustic Soda market players?

Ans. The key growth strategies of Caustic Soda market players are product launch, partnerships, and government initiatives.

Q8. Which region will provide more business opportunities for the Caustic Soda market during the forecast period?

Ans. The Asia Pacific region will provide more business opportunities for the Caustic Soda market during the forecast period.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Market Introduction
1.1. Objectives of the Study
1.2. Market Definition and Research & Scope
1.3. Research Methodologies
1.4. Market Estimation Techniques

Chapter 2. Executive Summary
2.1. Summary
2.2. Key Highlights of the Market

Chapter 3. Caustic Soda Market Outlook
3.1. Caustic Soda Market Segmentation
3.2. Market Dynamics
3.2.1. Market Drivers
3.2.1.1. Driver 1
3.2.1.2. Driver 2
3.2.1.3. Driver 3
3.2.2. Market Restraints
3.2.2.1. Restraint 1
3.2.2.2. Restraint 2
3.2.3. Market Opportunities
3.2.3.1. Opportunity 1
3.2.3.2. Opportunity 2
3.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
3.3.1. Threat of New Entrants
3.3.2. Threat of Substitutes
3.3.3. Bargaining Power of Buyers
3.3.4. Bargaining Power of Supplier
3.3.5. Competitive Rivalry
3.4. PESTLE Analysis
3.5. Value Chain Analysis
3.5.1. Raw Material Suppliers
3.5.2. Manufacturers
3.5.3. Wholesalers and/or Retailers
3.6. Impact of the Russia and Ukraine War on the Global Caustic Soda Market

Chapter 4. Economic Impact of COVID-19
4.1. Overall Impact of COVID-19
4.2. Impact of COVID On the Global Caustic Soda Market
4.3. Economic Impact Analysis

Chapter 5. Caustic Soda Market by Grade
5.1. Market Overview
5.2. Reagent Grade
5.2.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
5.2.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)
5.3. Industrial Grade
5.3.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
5.3.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)
5.4. Pharmaceutical Grade
5.4.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
5.4.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)

Chapter 6. Caustic Soda Market by Application
6.1. Market Overview
6.2. Organics
6.2.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.2.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.3. Inorganics
6.3.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.3.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.4. Water Treatment
6.4.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.4.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.5. Others
6.5.1. Market Size and Forecast, 2021-2031 ($Million)
6.5.2. Market Size and Forecast, by Region, 2021-2031 ($Million)

Chapter 7. Caustic Soda Market, by Region
7.1. Overview
7.2. North America
7.2.1. Key Market Trends and Opportunities
7.2.2. North America Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.3. North America Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.4. North America Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Country, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.5. The U.S.
7.2.5.1. The U.S. Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.5.2. The U.S. Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.6. Canada
7.2.6.1. Canada Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.6.2. Canada Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.7. Mexico
7.2.7.1. Mexico Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.2.7.2. Mexico Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3. Europe
7.3.1. Key Market Trends and Opportunities
7.3.2. Europe Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.3. Europe Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.4. Europe Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Country, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.5. Germany
7.3.5.1. Germany Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.5.2. Germany Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.6. France
7.3.6.1. France Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.6.2. France Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.7. U.K.
7.3.7.1. U.K. Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.7.2. U.K. Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.8. Spain
7.3.8.1. Spain Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.8.2. Spain Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.9. Italy
7.3.9.1. Italy Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.9.2. Italy Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.10. Rest of Europe
7.3.10.1. Rest of Europe Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.3.10.2. Rest of Europe Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4. Asia-Pacific
7.4.1. Key Market Trends and Opportunities
7.4.2. Asia-Pacific Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Country, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.3. Asia-Pacific Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.4. Asia-Pacific Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.5. China
7.4.5.1. China Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.5.2. China Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.6. India
7.4.6.1. India Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.6.2. India Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.7. Japan
7.4.7.1. Japan Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.7.2. Japan Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.8. South Korea
7.4.8.1. South Korea Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.8.2. South Korea Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.9. Rest of APAC
7.4.9.1. Rest of APAC Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.4.9.2. Rest of APAC Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5. Rest of the World
7.5.1. Key Market Trends and Opportunities
7.5.2. Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.3. Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.4. Rest of the World Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Country, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.5. Latin America
7.5.5.1. Latin America Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.5.2. Latin America Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.6. Middle East
7.5.6.1. Middle East Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.6.2. Middle East Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.7. Africa
7.5.7.1. Africa Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Grade, 2021-2031, ($Million)
7.5.7.2. Africa Caustic Soda Market Size and Forecast by Application, 2021-2031, ($Million)

Chapter 8. Competitive Landscape
8.1. Market Overview
8.2. Market Share Analysis/Key Player Positioning
8.3. Developmental Strategy Benchmarking
8.3.1. New Product Developments
8.3.2. Product Launches
8.3.3. Business Expansions
8.3.4. Partnerships, Joint Ventures, and Collaborations
8.3.5. Mergers and Acquisitions

Chapter 9. Company Profiles
9.1. Reliance Industries Limited
9.1.1. Company Snapshot
9.1.2. Financial Performance
9.1.3. Product Offerings
9.1.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.1.5. SWOT Analysis
9.2. Shin-Etsu Chemicals Co. Ltd.
9.2.1. Company Snapshot
9.2.2. Financial Performance
9.2.3. Product offerings
9.2.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.2.5. SWOT Analysis
9.3. The Dow Chemical Company
9.3.1. Company Snapshot
9.3.2. Financial Performance
9.3.3. Product offerings
9.3.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.3.5. SWOT Analysis
9.4. Meghmani Finechem Limited
9.4.1. Company Snapshot
9.4.2. Financial Performance
9.4.3. Product offerings
9.4.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.4.5. SWOT Analysis
9.5. OXY
9.5.1. Company Snapshot
9.5.2. Financial Performance
9.5.3. Product offerings
9.5.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.5.5. SWOT Analysis
9.6. Bayer AG
9.6.1. Company Snapshot
9.6.2. Financial Performance
9.6.3. Product offerings
9.6.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.6.5. SWOT Analysis
9.7. Tata Chemical Limited
9.7.1. Company Snapshot
9.7.2. Financial Performance
9.7.3. Product offerings
9.7.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.7.5. SWOT Analysis
9.8. Covestro AG
9.8.1. Company Snapshot
9.8.2. Financial Performance
9.8.3. Product offerings
9.8.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.8.5. SWOT Analysis
9.9. FMC Corporation
9.9.1. Company Snapshot
9.9.2. Financial Performance
9.9.3. Product offerings
9.9.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.9.5. SWOT Analysis
9.10. Hanwha Chemical
9.10.1. Company Snapshot
9.10.2. Financial Performance
9.10.3. Product offerings
9.10.4. Key Strategic Initiatives
9.10.5. SWOT Analysis

*The list of company is subject to change during the final compilation of the report
Market Segments

By Grade

  • Reagent Grade
  • Industrial Grade
  • Pharmaceutical Grade

By Application

  • Organics
  • Inorganics
  • Water Treatment
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • The UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • The Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World
    • Latin America
    • The Middle East
    • Africa

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