Bone Phosphate of Lime Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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Bone Phosphate of Lime Price Trend for the H1 of 2023


The prices of Bone Phosphate of Lime (or Tricalcium phosphate) exhibited fluctuating patterns given the volatile demands from downstream food and pharma industries. Quarter one observed an almost flattened yet positive price curve as the supply-demand dynamics were in equilibrium.

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Bone Phosphate of Lime Price Trends

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However, as the inventory levels rose, the prices experienced a steep fall in the second quarter. A robust decline in feedstock phosphorus and soda ash prices coupled with eased and cheaper freight situation pulled the price trend for Bone Phosphate of Lime down.


In Europe, the price trend for Bone Phosphate of Lime/Tricalcium phosphate behaved no differently than in other global markets. The Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupted the supply chains and pushed the European region into a grave economic recession. As the trade and freight routes have been restored, the supply chains and inflation effects have been fainting, and prices have started declining, attributing to trade normalization. Overall, the prices fell steeply in the second quarter after a steady run in Q1.

North America

North American market too observed an overall mixed price behaviour for Bone Phosphate of Lime. The prices inclined in the first quarter as demands rose and then declined in the second quarter owing to the high inventory levels and bearish market sentiments.

Analyst Insight

According to the Procurement Resource, the Bone Phosphate of Lime prices are expected to oscillate in the upcoming months. The increased supply from China and decreased demands from the USA will continue to influence the market fundamentals.

Bone Phosphate of Lime Price Trend for the H2 of 2022


The price trend for bone phosphate of lime or tricalcium phosphate fluctuated during the second half of 2022. The prices remained inclined during the first half of Q3, as seen in the previous quarter, given the complex geopolitical situation. However, the price trend stabilized towards the end of Q1 as the demand started falling gradually, causing the then-available stocks to balance the downstream demand.

However, the prices declined further in the fourth quarter, given the demand destruction. Even after the opening of trade channels, the demands did not gain momentum. Additionally, the industrial powerhouse China still struggled with the covid restrictions and power-rationing norms affecting the overall market for bone phosphate of lime or tricalcium phosphate.


The European markets faced the direct consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war, which triggered an acute energy crisis in the region. The consistently high prices led to demand destruction, and hence, as a result, the industries were forced to lower their market quotations. Further, the rising inflation contracted the purchasing capacities of the downstream consumers, impacting the pricing fundamentals. The decreased inquiries from the food and beverage industries further aided the downfall of tricalcium phosphate prices.

North America

The price trend for bone phosphate of lime followed a similar trend in the US domestic market as seen in the other global markets. The lowering inquiries amid over-stocked inventories and labor strikes impacted the overall market. Further, the hiking of interest by central banks and fears of looming recession reduced the buyer’s confidence in the market, affecting the prices negatively.

For the Second Quarter of 2022


The second quarter of 2022 saw a declining trend in the market for bone phosphate of lime in the Asia Pacific region due to several causes. Values for bone phosphate of lime fell throughout the first half of the quarter in the Chinese market before levelling off in the second half. Given that China is the world's top exporter of bone phosphate of lime, the tolerance regulations and laws significantly impeded manufacturing and logistics.

This made it difficult for the product to be shipped throughout the country and to important international ports. Offtakes from the downstream food and beverage sectors were consistent throughout the quarter due to ample supplies retained by suppliers and customers in the Chinese and Indian markets.


The European bone phosphate of lime market remained favourable during the second quarter of 2022. Regarding demand, offtakes in the downstream food and beverage industries remained steady throughout the quarter. While the conflict between Russia and Ukraine had a significant impact on shipping costs and the movement of goods into and out of Europe, it also made it more difficult for Germany and Russia to do business on global markets.

North America

The price trend for the bone phosphate of lime market in North America remained strong throughout the second quarter of 2022. The US's prolonged port congestion severely hindered trade activity from the importing nations.

Due to many factors, including the US's soaring inflation, the geopolitical unrest in Russia and Ukraine, and the wildly fluctuating nature of oil prices, domestic traders and producers continued to be worried about the high price of chemicals used in the food and beverage industry throughout the quarter. Over the quarter, offtakes in the region's downstream industries remained consistent.

For the First Quarter of 2022


Bone phosphate of lime prices in Asia-Pacific exhibited a swaying pattern in the first quarter of 2022, mirroring the trend in North America. Inconsistent demand from end-user industries was the primary cause of price volatility. Furthermore, the supply rate fluctuated, with its retail prices ranging from 2100 USD/MT in January to 1900 USD/MT in February.


Bone phosphate of lime prices in Europe followed the same pattern as they did in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. During the first quarter of 2022, prices were very volatile due to erratic downstream demand. Finally, the price in Germany was estimated at 3295 USD/MT CFR Hamburg in January 2022, before declining in February and then rising in March 2022.

North America

Price in the North American market varied in the first quarter of 2022 due to an inconsistent demand and supply imbalance. Throughout the quarter, the consumption of the chemical in the food and healthcare industries observed a see-saw pattern, resulting in price volatility.

Furthermore, the volatile cost of the raw material yellow phosphorus affected the bone phosphate of lime market, causing prices to fluctuate even more. Finally, in January, bone phosphate of lime prices in the United States were 3120 USD/MT, which declined to 2985 USD/MT in February.

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021


The Asian market was shaken by shifting supply chain dynamics, as China's output cuts placed pressure on neighbouring countries. Due to China's dual energy strategy and subsequent production limits enforced to minimise emissions ahead of the Winter Olympics, prices of various commodities, notably bone phosphate of lime, have risen significantly in the regional market.

Following an exponential rise in the price of yellow phosphorus as a raw material, China began importing yellow phosphorus from Vietnam, reducing availability in the worldwide market, as Vietnam is the largest producer of yellow phosphorus. Meanwhile, the changing market trend in China has perplexed the Indian market, which is heavily reliant on China for imports. These concerns pushed up the chemical’s costs in India, which were hovering at 2148 USD/MT.


During this quarter, the European market, like other areas, had a similar market trend. Global raw material constraints affected the European market as well, driving increasing the price of yellow phosphorus.

Europe also imports yellow phosphorus from Kazakhstan and Vietnam, and as a result of the product's scarcity in China, raw material costs have risen in Europe as well. Furthermore, Europe had to deal with another issue: rising natural gas prices, which was the primary cause of increased production costs. The price of the chemical increased as a result of these price increases across the regional market.

North America

The price of BPL in the US market increased due to a global scarcity of raw materials caused by production halts in China. Despite sluggish domestic demand, the price remained stable during the quarter. Because China is the world's largest producer of yellow phosphorus, a key feedstock for bone phosphate of lime, production cuts there impacted the worldwide supply chain for the raw material yellow phosphorus, causing prices to spike in a short period of time. Bone phosphate of lime prices surged sharply in the final week of December, under pressure from high raw material prices.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021


Supply in the Asia Pacific area improved as commercial and market activity has increased. During China's annual downtime, the spring holiday, industrial production suffered a setback. Demand was strong, as pharmaceutical and technical grade offtakes were stable, while demand for the feed grade from the personal care and cosmetics industry increased. In March, prices in India were estimated to be approximately 822 USD/MT. In Q3 2021, the Asia Pacific region's market forecast for the chemical improved significantly.

Prices skyrocketed in Asian markets due to rising phosphoric acid prices in the region as a result of increased worldwide demand. Bone phosphate of lime prices in India rose this quarter, owing to strong demand from downstream sectors and a global increase in the feedstock phosphoric acid costs.

Furthermore, the price of the chemical in this quarter was impacted by expensive imports from other countries due to high freight costs and a scarcity of shipping containers. In September, Bhiwandi prices closed at 1042 USD/MT, a considerable increase of 154 USD/MT over July.


The fundamentals of the European market have been affected by restricted supplies, raw material pricing increases, and continuous supply constraints owing to global disruptions. Furthermore, regional imports were restricted when exports from the United States fell, followed by congestion on the Asia-Europe trade lines.

However, due to consistent uptakes from the downstream pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and personal care sectors, demand remained stable.

The market for the chemical in Europe increased in the third quarter of 2021. Bone phosphate of lime prices rose across the area as the value of the feedstock phosphoric acid increased and demand remained steady.

Furthermore, fewer imports from the international market owing to the impact of Hurricane Ida, as well as congestion at many Chinese ports, further constrained supply, driving up bone phosphate of lime prices in the region. Furthermore, increased energy costs in Europe as a result of the natural gas crisis pushed prices to new highs in Q3.

North America

During Q1 2021, the chemical’s market saw balanced demand from the personal care, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical sectors. The supply fundamentals, however, were significantly impeded by the low availability of calcium hydroxide and phosphoric acid feedstock as a result of the sub-zero temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, which impacted the region's entire supply networks.

Bone phosphate of lime prices in the region rose due to supply limitations and high demand. Price increased in North America in Q3 2021, owing to an increase in the price of the feedstock phosphoric acid.

Furthermore, demand for BPL from downstream manufacturers grew in this quarter, leading to an increase in bone phosphate of lime prices across the area. Furthermore, due to decreased production levels as a result of Hurricane Ida, as well as logistical challenges, BPL values rose in this era on both the North American and worldwide markets.

For the Year 2020


Following a solid recovery from the COVID-19 recession, the Asian market boomed in Q4 2020. Due to the considerable resurgence of household and industrial activity in China following COVID 19, a worldwide BPL supplier reported that they had healthy demand from China during the fourth quarter. In addition, the new white phosphoric acid (WPA) factory of ICL Group, a renowned worldwide speciality minerals and specialty chemicals firm, was planned to be completed in China by the first quarter of 2020.

This project was supposed to improve market sentiments and the availability of phosphoric acid feedstock in the region. Furthermore, the COVID-19 recovery enhanced BPL demand in India, mostly from the health and nutrition sectors. Due to increased demand, bone phosphate of lime prices increased from 696.3 USD/MT in October 2020 to 757.5 USD/MT in October 2021.


BPL demand in Europe increased in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter. The nutritional supplement industry accounted for the majority of the demand. Feedstock phosphoric acid for residential use rose over the region. The price of phosphoric acid was reported to be high in the region due to limited material transportation across Asian ports and unfavourable production activities as a result of the second wave of COVID-19.

North America

BPL demand in North America remained constant in the fourth quarter of 2020. The demand for industrial grade phosphates and acid was greater before Q4 2020. The market transitioned to food-grade phosphates and acids later in the fourth quarter.

The price of the feedstock phosphoric acid increased while demand and supply remained unchanged. Throughout the quarter, a large BPL supplier reported consistent sales volume, but increased figures over the previous quarter.

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The calcium salt of phosphoric acid, tricalcium phosphate, also known as bone phosphate of lime is a low-solubility white solid. The majority of commercial "tricalcium phosphate" samples are actually hydroxyapatite. It comes in three different crystalline polymorphs: α, α', and β. At high temperatures, the α and α' states remain stable.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Bone Phosphate of Lime
Industrial Uses Food Additives, Feed Additives, Medical Use
Chemical Formula Ca3(PO4)2
Synonyms Calcium phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Synthos, Calcium phosphate tribasic
Molecular Weight 310.18g/mol
Supplier Database Innophos, Trans-Tech, NEI, ICL Performance Products, Prayon, Haotian Pharm, Yuwei Biological, Shanghai Caifeng, Hubei Lianxing New Material, Hubei Xingfa Chemicals, Lianyungang Dongzhou
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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Production Processes

  • Bone Phosphate of Lime Production via Calcination

Phosphate rock is combined with soda ash before being ground and palletized in this process. The processed mixture is then mixed to phosphoric acid, which is then transferred to a rotary kiln, resulting in the creation of BPL.


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