Chlorine Market Size Report | Analysis & Outlook 2030

Chlorine Market Forecast to 2030 - Global Analysis by Application (Ethylene Dichloride/Polyvinylchloride Production, Chloromethanes, Isocyanates & Oxygenates, Solvents, and Others) and End-Use Industry (Water Treatment, Chemicals, Pulp & Paper, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, and Others)

  • Report Code : TIPRE00005839
  • Category : Chemicals and Materials
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 145
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Chlorine Market Size Report | Analysis & Outlook 2030

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[Research Report] The chlorine market size was valued at US$ 19,988.92 million in 2022 and is expected to reach US$ 26,777.66 million by 2030; it is estimated to register a CAGR of 4.1% from 2022 to 2030. 

Market Insights and Analyst View:

Chlorine is a versatile chemical with a wide range of end-user industries, such as water treatment, chemicals, pulp & paper, and plastics. It is manufactured by the electrolysis of sodium chloride solution using a diaphragm cell and a membrane cell. It is an essential raw material for various products and processes in different sectors. Chlorine is widely used as a disinfectant in municipal water treatment plants to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water. In addition, chlorine is an important component of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production. PVC is used in applications such as pipes, window frames, flooring, packaging films, and automotive components. The pharmaceutical industry uses chlorine to synthesize active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and other pharmaceutical compounds. Chlorine is used to manufacture pesticides, herbicides, and other agrochemicals to protect crops and improve agricultural productivity. It is also employed in various chemical reactions to produce chlorinated compounds used in many industrial applications, such as solvents, bleaching agents, and cleaning products. Chlorine is employed in electronics manufacturing for bonding components and protecting sensitive parts. These factors are expected to drive the chlorine market growth.

Growth Drivers and Challenges:

Robust water disinfection methods have become critical with the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the emergence of waterborne diseases. In addition to its primary role in pathogen removal, chlorine is used in water treatment to control algae and algae toxin growth, remove iron and manganese, and address other water quality concerns. An increasing demand for chlorine from the water & wastewater industry due to the rising water consumption from growing global population and the increasing need to ensure safe and clean drinking water consumption drives the chlorine market growth. Furthermore, PVC films and sheets are widely used in packaging applications, particularly for food and pharmaceutical products. With the increasing demand for packaging goods and the growing focus on hygiene and product safety, the demand for PVC-based packaging materials has soared, further contributing to the chlorine demand from the PVC industry. In the electrical sector, PVC cables and wires are extensively used for electrical insulation due to their excellent electrical properties and fire-retardant characteristics. As the global demand for electricity and electrical infrastructure continues to rise, the need for PVC-based electrical materials propels, consequently bolstering the chlorine demand. Thus, since PVC remains a preferred material in construction, automotive, packaging, and electrical applications, the need for chlorine in the polymerization process remains strong. Thus, growing demand from water treatment, PVC manufacturing, and other end-use industries is driving the chlorine market growth.

The high production, handling, and disposal of chlorine by various industries and applications pose potential risks to human health and the environment. Governments across the world have recognized these risks and implemented stringent regulations to ensure the safe and responsible use of chlorine. Therefore, concerns regarding chlorine use and rising regulations to control chlorine use negatively impact the chlorine market growth.

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Chlorine Market: Strategic Insights

Chlorine Market

  • CAGR (2022 - 2030)
    4.1%
  • Market Size 2022
    US$ 19.99 Billion
  • Market Size 2030
    US$ 26.78 Billion

Market Dynamics

GROWTH DRIVERS
  • Growing Demand from Water and Wastewater Treatment Industry
  • Flourishment of PVC Manufacturing Industry
FUTURE TRENDS
  • Development of Greener Chlorine
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Growing Adoption from End-Use Industries

Key Players

  • Aditya Birla Chemicals India Ltd
  • BASF SE
  • Ercros SA
  • Hanwha Solutions Corp
  • INEOS Group Holdings SA
  • Occidental Petroleum Corp
  • Olin Corp
  • Tata Chemicals Ltd
  • Vynova Belgium NV

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

Application
  • Ethylene Dichloride/Polyvinylchloride Production
  • Chloromethanes
  • Isocyanates & Oxygenates
  • Solvents
  • Others
End-Use Industry
  • Water Treatment
  • Chemicals
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Plastics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Others
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Report Segmentation and Scope:

The global chlorine market is segmented on the basis of application, end-use industry, and geography. Based on application, the chlorine market is segmented into ethylene dichloride/polyvinylchloride production, chloromethanes, isocyanates & oxygenates, solvents, and others. In terms of end-use industry, the chlorine market is segmented into water treatment, chemicals, pulp & paper, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and others. By geography, the chlorine market is segmented into North America (the US, Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Russia, and the Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (Australia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, and the Rest of Asia Pacific), the Middle East & Africa (South Africa, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the Rest of Middle East & Africa), and South & Central America (Brazil, Argentina, and the Rest of South & Central America).

Segmental Analysis:

Based on application, the chlorine market is segmented into ethylene dichloride/polyvinylchloride production, chloromethanes, isocyanates & oxygenates, solvents, and others. The isocyanates & oxygenates segment is expected to register significant growth from 2022 to 2030. Isocyanates are extensively used in the production of polyurethane, a versatile material used in foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, and elastomers. These polyurethane materials find applications in products such as furniture, mattresses, automotive parts, insulation, and footwear. Though chlorine does not appear in the polyurethane molecule, it is used to make the intermediates, the isocyanates.

Oxygenates are a broad class of organic compounds that contain oxygen atoms, typically in the form of hydroxyl groups. A few common types of oxygenates are alcohols (e.g., ethanol and methanol), ethers (e.g., methyl tert-butyl ether), and ketones (e.g., acetone). Oxygenates have diverse applications as solvents, fuel additives, and chemical intermediates in various industries. Ethanol, for example, is used as a biofuel additive to reduce emissions and enhance fuel performance. Chlorine plays a crucial role in chemical processes involving chlorinated intermediates. The chlorination of methane can produce methyl chloride, which undergoes a series of chemical reactions to produce methanol. All these factors are driving the growth of isocyanates & oxygenates segment in the chlorine market.

Regional Analysis: 

Based on geography, the chlorine market is segmented into five key regions—North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South & Central America, and the Middle East & Africa. The global chlorine market was dominated by Asia Pacific, which accounted for ~US$ 9,500 million in 2022. The region has become a global manufacturing hub, with industries spanning chemicals, textiles, plastics, and electronics. Chlorine is a crucial chemical in various industrial processes, such as the production of chemicals, solvents, and intermediates for pharmaceuticals. The rising manufacturing activities across the region to meet domestic and international demands are anticipated to fuel the demand for chlorine, an essential raw material. Thus, as the region progresses and industrializes, the demand for chlorine and its derivatives is expected to remain strong, which is expected to boost the chlorine market growth in Asia Pacific from 2023 to 2030. Europe is expected to register a CAGR of over 4% from 2023 to 2030. The region relies on chlorine and its derivatives for various applications, leading to a steady and sustained demand for this versatile chemical. The demand for chlorine is growing in the wastewater treatment sector in Europe due to several reasons that highlight the significance of chlorine as a crucial water disinfection agent. As European countries strive to improve quality of water, protect public health, and meet stringent environmental regulations, chlorine has emerged as a reliable and effective solution for wastewater treatment. All these factors are driving the chlorine market growth in Europe. North America is also expected to witness significant growth, reaching over US$ 5,500 million in 2030.

Industry Developments and Future Opportunities:

Various initiatives taken by the key players operating in the chlorine market are listed below:

  • In December 2022, INEOS Enterprises completed the acquisition of ASHTA Chemicals from Bigshire Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. The deal consists of a 100ktpa Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)/65 kte chlorine plant.
  • In April 2022, OxyVinyls, the chemical division of Occidental Petroleum, announced that it is planning a US$ 1.1 billion expansion and modernization project at its chlor-alkali plant in La Porte, Texas, according to documents filed with the Texas Comptroller's Office.

COVID-19 Impact:

The COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected almost all industries in various countries. Lockdowns, travel restrictions, and business shutdowns in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), South & Central America, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA) hampered the growth of several industries, including the chemical & materials industry. The shutdown of manufacturing units of chlorine companies disturbed global supply chains, manufacturing activities, and delivery schedules. Various companies reported delays in product deliveries and a slump in their product sales in 2020. Most of the industrial manufacturing facilities were shut down during the pandemic, decreasing the consumption of chlorine. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused fluctuations in chlorine prices. However, various industries revived their operations after supply constraints were resolved, which led to a revival of the chlorine market. Moreover, the rising demand for chlorine from the industrial and residential sectors is substantially promoting the chlorine market growth.

Chlorine Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2022 US$ 19.99 Billion
Market Size by 2030 US$ 26.78 Billion
Global CAGR (2022 - 2030) 4.1%
Historical Data 2020-2021
Forecast period 2023-2030
Segments Covered By Application
  • Ethylene Dichloride/Polyvinylchloride Production
  • Chloromethanes
  • Isocyanates & Oxygenates
  • Solvents
  • Others
By End-Use Industry
  • Water Treatment
  • Chemicals
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Plastics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Others
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • Aditya Birla Chemicals India Ltd
  • BASF SE
  • Ercros SA
  • Hanwha Solutions Corp
  • INEOS Group Holdings SA
  • Occidental Petroleum Corp
  • Olin Corp
  • Tata Chemicals Ltd
  • Vynova Belgium NV
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    Competitive Landscape and Key Companies:

    Aditya Birla Chemicals India Ltd, BASF SE, Ercros SA, Hanwha Solutions Corp, INEOS Group Holdings SA, Occidental Petroleum Corp, Olin Corp, Tata Chemicals Ltd, Vynova Belgium NV, and Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd are among the players operating in the global chlorine market. The global chlorine market players focus on providing high-quality products to fulfill customer demand.

    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Application, and End-Use Industry

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

    Country Scope
    Country Scope

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    What are the key factors influencing the chlorine market growth?

    Chlorine is widely used as a disinfectant in municipal water treatment plants to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water. In addition, chlorine is an important component of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production. PVC is used in applications such as pipes, window frames, flooring, packaging films, and automotive components. The pharmaceutical industry uses chlorine to synthesize active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and other pharmaceutical compounds. Chlorine is used to manufacture pesticides, herbicides, and other agrochemicals to protect crops and improve agricultural productivity. Growing demand from these end-used industries is driving the demand for chlorine from 2022 to 2030.

    In 2022, which end-use industry segment is leading the global chlorine market?

    The plastics segment held the largest share of the global chlorine market in 2022. The production of PVC involves the polymerization of vinyl chloride monomers, and chlorine is a key raw material in this chemical process. The construction and infrastructure development is growing substantially. PVC pipes, fittings, and profiles are extensively used in construction due to their durability, cost-effectiveness, and versatility. As urbanization continues to accelerate in many parts of the world, the demand for PVC-based construction materials rises in tandem, leading to a higher need for chlorine to meet the polymerization requirements.

    Which end-use industry segment is expected to register the fastest growth in the global chlorine market?

    Pharmaceutical segment is estimated to register the fastest CAGR in the global chlorine market over the forecast period. Chlorine and chlorine-based compounds play an important role in the pharmaceutical industry, contributing to the synthesis of various medications and pharmaceutical products. Chlorine-containing compounds serve as essential intermediates and reagents in the synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds, enabling the production of a wide range of drugs. Chlorine synthesizes many active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), primarily biologically active components in medications. Growing demand for pharmaceuticals is expected to drive the demand for the chlorine from 2022 to 2030.

    In 2022, which region held the largest share of the global chlorine market?

    In 2022, Asia Pacific held the largest share of the global chlorine market. The region has become a global manufacturing hub, with industries spanning chemicals, textiles, plastics, and electronics. Chlorine is a crucial chemical in various industrial processes, such as the production of chemicals, solvents, and intermediates for pharmaceuticals. The rising manufacturing activities across the region to meet domestic and international demands are anticipated to fuel the demand for chlorine, an essential raw material. All these factors led to the dominance of the Asia Pacific region in 2022.

    Can you list some of the major players operating in the global chlorine market?

    A few players operating in the global chlorine market include Aditya Birla Chemicals India Ltd, BASF SE, Ercros SA, Hanwha Solutions Corp, INEOS Group Holdings SA, Occidental Petroleum Corp, Olin Corp, Tata Chemicals Ltd, Vynova Belgium NV, Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd.

    In 2022, which application segment is leading the global chlorine market?

    The isocyanates & oxygenates segment held the largest share in the global chlorine market in 2022. Isocyanates are extensively used in the production of polyurethane, a versatile material used in foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, and elastomers. These polyurethane materials find applications in items like furniture, mattresses, automotive parts, insulation, and footwear. Thus, growing demand from the application sectors led to the dominance of the isocyanates & oxygenates segment in 2022.

    The List of Companies - Chlorine Market

    1. Aditya Birla Chemicals India Ltd
    2. BASF SE
    3. Ercros SA
    4. Hanwha Solutions Corp
    5. INEOS Group Holdings SA
    6. Occidental Petroleum Corp
    7. Olin Corp
    8. Tata Chemicals Ltd
    9. Vynova Belgium NV
    10. Sumitomo Chemical Co Ltd

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