Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Ammonium Sulphate in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).
Ammonium Sulphate Price Trend for the H1 of 2023
Asian Ammonium Sulphate market observed fluctuating prices, mostly lingering on the lower side throughout the said period. The market remained dull with bearish sentiments. Feeble demands from downstream fertiliser and chemical industries pulled the Ammonium Sulphate prices down, and declining feedstock prices contributed further to the poor performance of Ammonium Sulphate.
European Ammonium Sulphate market behaved no differently than its Asian counterpart, as the prices tottered mostly on the lower side, and declining price trends were observed. The inventories were already running high, and suppliers procured very limited products per the immediate requirements. Further, the upstream costs declined, given the reduction in freight and fuel prices. The European market’s performance was a continuation of the market disruptions caused by the economic backlash unleashed by the Russia-Ukraine war. As the downstream demands for this product did not revive, the market remained riddled and weak throughout H1’23.
The North American Ammonium Sulphate market followed the declining global trends in H1’23. Prices suffered because of lacklustre demands, and the plunging costs of feedstock ammonia and sulphuric acid further added to the cost pressure. All the factors, including upstream and production costs along with downstream demands, pushed the price trends for ammonium sulphate down.
According to Procurement Resource, the Ammonium Sulphate price trends are expected to continue similar declining patterns in upcoming months as the inventories are already high, and the market demands do not seem to be rising any time soon.
Ammonium Sulphate Price Trend for the H2 of 2022
The falling prices of energy owing to the stabilizing geopolitical conditions directly influenced the prices of nitrogen-based products, particularly ammonia. Natural gas is the key ingredient required for the production of ammonia and is also the primary energy source for fertilizer production globally.
The manufacturers faced a double whammy of prices due to the stockpiling of products and the cautious buying activity of buyers. The high fertilizer prices led to the phenomenon of demand destruction as many farmers decreased their planned acreage for the next sowing season. The prices of ammonium sulphate went from 1980 RMB/MT in July to 1100 RMB/MT in August 2022. However, the prices inclined momentarily towards the end of September averaging 1380 RMB/MT.
However, the prices of ammonium sulphate exhibited mixed patterns in the fourth quarter. The prices inclined slightly in November as the market trading atmosphere was good, and the number of inquiries increased. However, the downstream procurement was mainly based on demand, and the manufacturers were still cautious about the wait-and-see attitude of the buyers. The urea price rose which was beneficial to the ammonium sulfate market causing the prices to average around 1403 RMB/MT in December’22.
According to Procurement Resource, the price of ammonium sulphate will remain firm with periodic fluctuations. As the demand for winter storage procurement has increased the prices are expected to rise in the longer run.
For the Second Quarter of 2022
During the current forecast period, the Chinese ammonium sulphate market remained stable. With the government banning exports from meeting the domestic requirements, the prices for ammonia, sulfuric acid and many fertilizers stabilized. Hence, due to the supply-demand equilibrium, domestic ammonium sulphate prices stabilized and averaged 1450-1520 RMB/MT Shandong.
The rising inflation in Europe can be felt across all sectors. Amidst the supply disruptions and hesitant attitude towards Russian cargo, the price trends for ammonium sulphate are constantly soaring. Russia and China enacting export VAT and restrictions further reduced the supply in the domestic market, driving the prices.
The price trends in the American market align with the European counterpart. The high price is due to the substantial supply gap caused by the fallen import quantities from Europe. Along with these constraints, the farmers In the US are facing a double-edged sword in the form of climate change, labour shortages, and increasing fertilizers and pesticide prices, causing inflation. The price in the US domestic market averaged FOB 435 USD/MT Midwest.
For the First Quarter of 2022
During Q1 of 2022, the operating rate of ammonium sulphate fell, and the market environment was light. The price of coking grade ammonium sulphate was weak, the market was mostly quiet, and the transaction was standard. The price of caprolactam-grade ammonium sulphate had dropped as a result of the downward trend.
Ammonium Sulphate prices dropped by 50-180 RMB/MT in the first quarter of 2022. On February 14, the mainstream ex-factory price of coking grade ammonium sulphate in Shandong was 1,300-1,380 RMB/MT, the mainstream ex-factory price of coking grade ammonium sulphate in Hebei was in the range of 1,280-1,380 RMB/MT, while it was 1400 RMB/MT in Heilongjiang.
For the Fourth Quarter of 2021
In the final quarter of 2021, ammonium sulphate prices witnessed a steep rise, reaching a value of 25,450 INR/MT. The rising demand for fertilizers in the region during the rabi crop season had been a major driver for the chemical’s market in the agricultural sector. It also finds a key application in the pharmaceutical industry in the production of vaccines.
The price rise of both coal and fertilizers drove China to restrict exports which affected the ammonium sulphate prices as China was the major sulphate supplier. South Korea was facing problems in the logistics industry due to the export limitations imposed by China which in turn increased prices in the domestic markets.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the market sentiments in Europe soared high. In Russia, a supply constraint pushed up the consumption of the domestic natural gas which drove up the costs. The hurricane Ida caused supply disruptions from the US, along with problems caused by the heat wave in United Kingdom and several other European countries which affected the wind generation and contributed to the elevated levels of natural gas prices in the region.
The scarcity of nitrogen fertilizer globally caused the ammonium sulphate prices to increase considerably as ammonia prices in North America soared high in the final quarter of 2021. In the third quarter, ammonia prices had been slow due to the limited availability of upstream sulphur and nitrogen due to the aftermath of the Hurricane Ida.
For the First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021
The market in Asia witnessed a low demand from the agriculture industry, even though export demand was strong from Europe and US. The Chinese inventories suffered low levels due to the lunar holidays which increased the average ammonium sulphate prices by 10.4% and reached 163.6 USD/MT in the region.
A similar pattern was observed in India as demand was high from Europe and US while in the meantime the trading routes affected the trading activities between Europe and Asia which increased its prices slightly in India. During the second quarter of 2021, there was a steep rise in the prices in the Asia-pacific region.
The demand in China from major importing countries remained muted initially which improved later on effectively from domestic and international markets as farming and economic activities improved in major importing countries. The demand from India was uncertain in China during this time frame.
In the meanwhile, European countries reduced their purchases of ammonium nitrate from China as prices continued to skyrocket. The demand from the Indian market on the other hand, remained firm as major fertilizer producers like FACT were gaining decent margins even amidst the pandemic situation in the country. The market received strong growth in the second quarter and ammonium sulphate prices remained between 221 USD/MT and 294.3 USD/MT in June 2021.
Prices in the third quarter of 2021 surged considerably on the Asia-Pacific region. The ammonia supply in China remained firm which caused the ammonium sulphate prices to soar in the region. The energy prices were skyrocketing in September, which in turn affected the fertilizer production, aggravating fears related to stocking activities amongst farmers. The market for the chemical went up in India and the prices in Mumbai went from 319 USD/MT to 384 USD/MT in the third quarter.
The onset of monsoon ensured that the demand remains high in the domestic market. The global shortage of ammonia increased its prices which in turn increased the prices for the chemical. The high production costs compelled several major manufacturers to transfer the cost which resulted in a further increment in prices.
The market in Europe witnessed a stable demand during the first quarter of 2021, especially from the agriculture industry even though the production was still affected by the shortage of feedstock in the region. The export demand from continents like Asia were higher than anticipated which caused the prices to increase in the region coupled with factors such as congestion in route channels and shortages of containers in major trading routes.
In the European market, the prices remained firm during the second quarter of 2021, as demand remained strong from both domestic and international markets. The increase in demand in US amid restrained domestic production pressurised the major manufacturers in Europe to meet the supply requirements.
Plants in Russia were running in their maximised capacities to meet the overall demands in domestic and international markets. Additionally, raw material prices were increasing consistently which also in turn affected the upstream ammonium sulphate prices in the region.
The market prices increased during the Q3 2021, with the surge in domestic and international demand for fertilizers in the third quarter. The chemical’s demand increased in the downstream sectors, which resulted in an upward trend in the prices in the European region. The raw material prices had been rising consistently on a global level, which escalated the ammonium sulphate prices in the region.
In North America, the production facilities of the chemical were affected by the harsh cold weather during the first quarter of 2021. In this period many of the major manufacturing units halted due to shortage of material in the region like in Nutrien’s Borger Plant and PCL nitrogen which remained idle.
The domestic demand from agricultural sector was low due to the unfavourable weather conditions and most of the fields being covered with snow. Even though there was low demand for the chemical in the domestic market, there was a still strong demand from other counties and the product shortage caused the FOB prices in Texas to rise by almost 7% and settle at around 310 USD/MT in March.
The demand in North America improved linearly in the second quarter as farming activities which had previously been dull improved later with the improving weather conditions. Post the aftermath of the freeze-fallout in Texas, the US witnessed rainy and snowy weather in several regions of the country which had slowed down the farming activities, ultimately decreasing the demand in the agricultural sector.
In May and June, however, the prices improved due to limited product availability in the US. Additionally, the supply commitment for export to other countries from major producers and the subdued domestic production contributed to the sharp rise in its prices in the country. The FOB prices settled at 372 USD/MT in Texas during June following an effective price rise.
The market witnessed an upward price trend during the third quarter of 2021. Since the beginning of first quarter of 2021, the fertilizer demand was firm in the US, as the spring sowing had been delayed slightly owing to the disruptions in the sowing of crops caused by the weather conditions. There were also supply disruptions, as fertilizer imports were hampered due to the unfavourable weather and shortages in production in the world.
The consumption from industrial and agricultural sectors were firm which increased the ammonium sulphate demand in the region. A staggering growth of the market was reported by the North American fertilizer index which increased the prices for farmers. Ammonium Sulphate prices were also been driven by the increasing feedstock prices in the third quarter.
For the Year 2020
In the northeast Asia, the caprolactam prices rebounded which eased the ammonium sulphate prices in the region during the third quarter of 2020. The restrained demand due to the pandemic from downstream industries like fertilizers caused a significant increase in buyers. The demand potential for the chemical was affected positively by the environment regulation policies especially from the industries involved in powerplant desulphurisation.
Travel restrictions however affected export volumes keeping them exceptionally low. In 2020, renewed by-product capacities of caprolactam in Malaysia and Indonesia created a situation of oversupply. In Southeast Asia, the prices were reported around 123 USD/MT during September 2020.
In Russia and Ukraine, the export-oriented plants restarted which led to a boost in sales activities around the black sea during October and November. Russia and Ukraine were booked for spot supplies for the stable cargo flow for the remaining part of the year as the plant turnaround season was over in the region.
Turkey and Spain had been booked to get their contract of volumes from suppliers while other nations secured supplies on spot basis. As companies and government were recovering from the impact of the second wave of the pandemic, the chemical’s demand from the fertilizer manufacturing industries increased in the final quarter of 2020.
Caprolactam is a major by-product formed alongside ammonium sulphate in North America. As the caprolactam market demand from nylon market was suffering due to oversupply, local producers focused on the domestic market of the chemical. The prices increased as the production of caprolactam suffered due to the hurricane Laura during mid-August. Farmers were estimated to increase potentially the demand for the chemical by 1 million tonne in the upcoming year which could create a huge market opportunity for it regionally.
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Ammonium Sulphate is an inorganic sulphate salt that is derived by the reaction of sulphuric acid with two equivalents of ammonia. It is widely utilised as a fertiliser for alkaline soils. It is also known as an ammonium salt and an inorganic sulphate salt.
|Product Name||Ammonium Sulphate|
|Industrial Uses||Agricultural chemicals (non-pesticidal), Dyes, Fillers, Flame retardants, Intermediates, Laboratory chemicals, Oxidising/reducing agents, Paint additives and coating additives , Processing aids, Solids separation agents|
|Synonyms||Ammonium tetraoxosulphate (VI), Ammonium sulphate (2:1), Diammonium sulphate, Sulphuric acid diammonium salt, Mascagnite, 7783-20-2|
|Supplier Database||Acros Organics, Maru Chem Industries, BASF SE, Domo Chemicals, Jiangsu National Agricultural Chemical Co., Ltd, GFS Chemicals Inc, Honeywell, Royal DSM, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation|
|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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Ammonium Sulphate is produced by treating ammonia, which is a by-product of coke ovens, with sulphuric acid.
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