Aluminium Sulfate Price Trend and Forecast

Aluminium Sulfate Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Aluminium Sulfate in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).


Aluminium Sulfate Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

The aluminium sulfate prices were found to be fluctuating during the second half of the year 2023. After a gradual decline in the first half of the year, the prices fell further from July to August in the United Kingdom. However, after bottoming out, the price trend started inclining back again and showcased an approximate rise of about 29%.

Aluminium Sulfate Price Chart

Aluminium Sulfate Price Trends

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In the UK, the average monthly prices went from around 175 USD/MT (8% Al2O3, CFR) in July’23 to about 227 USD/MT in December’23. Though the metal industry was struggling a little at the time, the aluminium sulfate market grew. Mainly because the market slump in the early months had emptied out the inventories, and the downstream demands maintained their momentum. Overall, positive market sentiments were witnessed in H2’23.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the Aluminium Sulfate price trends are expected to rise even further in the coming months as the demand trajectory looks very supportive of the current market trends.

Aluminium Sulfate Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Aluminium sulfate prices were observed to be wavering at the lower side of the curve for the majority of the first half of the year 2023. The Chinese market was still trying to recover from the dire economic consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, while the excess inventory stocks were concerning other major markets as well.

Though some occasional and temporary reverse fluctuations were witnessed at the time of the quarter shift, the prices were mostly teetering downwards. In the United Kingdom, the average monthly prices showed a 10% decline as the prices went from about 201 USD/MT (8% Al2O3, CFR) in January ‘23 to around 180 USD/MT in June’23. Overall, dull market trends were witnessed in H1’23.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the Aluminium Sulfate price trends will strive for improvement; thus, some inclination in prices is expected after a short-term continuation of the current trends.

Aluminium Sulfate Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

Aluminium Sulfate price trend are directly dependent on that of its feedstocks cryolite and bauxite. Cryolite showed an upward trend in H2 2022. China is the biggest exporter of Aluminium Sulfate in the world. But the curtailed production capacities in H1 2022 due to Covid 19 lockdown policies strangled the market a lot. Quotations remained high from manufacturers, even though the low market didn’t support the high quotes.

In the middle of H2 due to freight interruptions and very high inflation upstream costs for the European market flung. But a global cutdown in industrial activity kept the demand in check.

So H2 2022 had a very mixed market sentiment for Aluminium Sulfate, where upstream costs pushed the prices up, but the slow market demands brought the prices back. American market too behaved in a similar manner. But as the Chinese industries resumed operations, the projections look somewhat promising.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend for aluminium sulfate are expected to improve as the demand is expected to rebound, especially in the Asian market.

Aluminium Sulfate Price Trend For the First Half of 2022

Aluminium Sulfate is industrially manufactured via cryolite or bauxite. The price of feedstock cryolite remained stable throughout the year's first quarter. After the Lunar New Year break, the operating rates of the factories were not high, inventories were not under pressure, and the demand was stable; hence the feedstock cryolite prices averaged 7250 RMB/MT.

With the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in the last week of February, a substantial economic and political backlash was unleashed globally. The prices of all commodities rose due to trade bottlenecks and supply-side constraints.

The cryolite prices averaged around 7000-7600 RMB/MT in Shandong, China. Despite the rising operating costs, cryolite prices remained anchored in the market. Towards the end of June, the prices stabilized at around 7600 RMB/MT, and these higher quotations were justified due to the increased production costs, tight inventories, and tight supply lines. The inflated prices of feedstock cryolite affected the price trend for aluminium sulfate towards the higher end of the scale.

During the first half of the said year, the prices of feedstock bauxite averaged 67.62 Euro/DT Indonesian 49% min CIF China and 67.11 Euro/DT Guinean 45% min CIF China. However, the prices of mineral ores are expected to decrease in the coming months due to the demand destruction in the Chinese market and the baulking of buyers amid the speculations of a global recession. This will influence the prices of aluminium sulfate in the worldwide market.

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About Aluminium Sulfate

Aluminium Sulfate is a water-soluble white crystalline solid, and it is primarily used as a coagulating agent in the purification of drinking water and sewage treatment plants. Its anhydrous form occurs naturally as a millosevichite mineral found near volcanic sites. Aluminium Sulfate usually occurs in its hydrate form, mainly as hexadecahydrates or octadecahydrates. Aluminium Sulfate is often referred to as alum which has been used as a flocculating agent since immemorial. The alum is a hydrated aluminium sulfate salt with a monovalent cation often substituted by potassium or ammonium.

Aluminium Sulfate Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Aluminium Sulfate
HS CODE 28332210
CAS Number 10043-01-3
Industrial Uses Coagulating Agent, Paper Manufacturing, Water treatment plants, Antiperspirants, Pesticides, Food Additives, Cosmetics and Personal Care, Paints
Chemical Formula Al2(SO4)3
Synonyms Aluminium sulfate, Cake alum, Papermaker's alum, Alunogenite, Filter alum
Molecular Weight 342.15 g/mol
Supplier Database

Kemira, Nippon Light Metal, Sanfeng Environmental Group Co., USA, Nanka Chemicals Co. Ltd

Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Aluminium Sulfate Production Processes

  • Production of Aluminium Sulfate from Cryolite; from clays or Bauxite; from Alum Schists

Alum schists (a type of metamorphic rock) are a mixture of iron pyrite, aluminium silicate, and various bituminous substances. These are roasted, and during the process, the sulfuric acid obtained reacts with clay to form a product mixture containing aluminium sulfate. The mixture is subjected to further treatment to remove the impurities. The mixture is mixed with water and allowed to stand for water-soluble impurities to separate. Additionally, it is subjected to evaporation so that iron sulfate crystals separate, leaving the desired aluminium sulfate.


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