Increasing demand from medical, metallurgical, chemical and electronic industries to drive potassium hydroxide market growth

Published By: IndustryARC Published On : 18-Jan-2019
The global potassium hydroxide market is one of the fastest developing segments in the chemical industry due to its multiple numbers of industrial applications. The compound has a wide variety of applications in medical, metallurgical, chemical, and electronic industries that includes the production of other chemicals such as potassium carbonate, potassium phosphates, liquid fertilizers, soaps, and detergents. All these end-user industries strokes the market with tremendous opportunities and are propelling the market growth. According to the market insights from a recent market research report from IndustryARC, apart from its wide range of applications, the potassium hydroxide market also faces some challenges that are mitigating its growth. The market is segmented in this report by type, which includes anhydrous form and hydrated form, by areas of application including metallurgical, electronic, chemical, medical, biological research, dental care, and by end-user industry comprising of dental Care, medical, metallurgy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

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After an acute analysis of challenges, it is learned in this potassium hydroxide market business intelligence report that it generally comprises of stringent regulations by ECHA (European Chemical Agency) and other regulatory bodies. The other challenge in the potassium hydroxide market is its prohibition in fertilizers due to its toxic effects such as skin burns, eye damage when it comes in contact with skin or eye. It also has toxic impacts on the environment especially, on aquatic life as most of the waste obtained as the by-product of potassium hydroxide manufacturing process is disposed into the water. 

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), European Chemical Agency (ECHA), and other regulatory bodies have imposed regulations on potassium hydroxide by restricting its use, in order to protect people from its hazardous effects. The bodies have identified that potassium hydroxide damages human body tissues if inhaled or swallowed. They have also taken measures to come over the adverse effects of potassium hydroxide by setting standards for the potassium hydroxide manufacturers. As per the future market outlook is foreseen by IndustryARC’s business intelligence report, these regulations and restrictions will have adverse influences on the global potassium hydroxide market.


The standards generally entail ensuring of the harmless composition of ingredients, first aid measures for someone who is effected by potassium hydroxide, and firefighting measures in the industry. These also ensure that proper handling and storage precautions are taken while dealing with potassium hydroxide in both pre- and post-manufacturing stages.  MSDS and ECHA also ensure with the potassium hydroxide market companies that necessary toxicological information and ecological information is written on its package and various disposal conditions for potassium hydroxide are to be mentioned. All these standards thus help in shielding both humans and the environment from the toxic effects of potassium hydroxide. These amendments will embark the market with positivity and increase product consumption. It will automatically increase the products demand reflecting market growth as well.  

In recent times, potassium hydroxide was found safe and effective for treating warts on the skin. This influenced the potassium hydroxide market demand with an optimistic approach. ECHA (European Chemical Agency) additionally institutionalized its regulations on potassium hydroxide for protecting the environment from its toxic effects. Each of these guidelines is entirely forced on different potassium hydroxide products and is forecasted to keep away its perilous impacts on human wellbeing. Different global and neighborhood regulatory and administrative bodies also ensure that these standards are strictly implemented in their local regions without fizzle. As per ISO, all these standards are followed across the world without fail.

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Consequently, in this market research report, it is also concluded that stricter controls and benchmarks ought to be forced on the application of potassium hydroxide, which when used on humans, leave adverse effects of illness on them. It is also proposed that further development of regulations & standards will effectively prohibit the adverse effects of potassium hydroxide on human as well as environment wellbeing. Proper imposed standards and principles will inhibit the adverse effects and make the element operation friendly which will consequence in market growth.

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