Nitric Acid Market - Forecast(2024 - 2030)

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Nitric Acid Market Overview

Nitric Acid market size is estimated to reach US$25.6 billion by 2027, after growing at CAGR of 4.2% from 2022 to 2027. Nitric Acid is a colorless and corrosive mineral acid which is used in the manufacture of inorganic and organic nitrates and nitro compounds for fertilizers, dye intermediates, explosives, and many different organic chemicals. The acid is either concentrated with water concentration of 68%, like azeotrope, or it is fuming having water concentration more than 86%. The key applications of nitric acid encompass, - it is used for making fertilizers, as oxidizing agent it is used in adipic acid which makes nylon fibre, as intermediate it is used for making nitrobenzene which is used in motor oil and also used in making toluene diisocyanate which makes flexible polyurethane foams, adhesives, elastomers etc. Hence, on account of such unique materials, nitric acid is majorly used in automotive, agricultures, furniture, textiles, mining etc. The factors like increase in production of agrochemicals, high demand for automobiles growing demand of textiles, and furniture items are driving the growth of nitric acid market. However, nitric acid production releases harmful gases like nitrous oxide which can cause various health issues like dizziness, nausea, sour throat. The regulations imposed by government to prevent such problems can restrict the production of nitric acid, which can hamper the growth of nitric acid industry.

COVID-19 Impact

The nitric acid industry was negatively impacted by COVID-19, as the lockdown was imposed by the countries all across the world led to restriction on public movement and logistics, and raw material supplies got halted. Hence this led to lack of availability of labors and basic raw materials which disrupted the functionality of end users of nitric acid like fertilizers, automotive, textiles, causing a decrease in the demand and production scale. For instance, as per International Fertilizer Association, in 2020, the global fertilizer demand was 184.4 million metric ton compared to 189.9 million metric ton in 2019, hence showing a decrease of 2.9%. Also, as per the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturing, in 2020 there was a 16% decline in global vehicles production i.e., less than 78 million vehicles were produced. Further, as per European Union, in Q3 of 2020, the production and sales of clothing items in EU countries dropped by 15% & 9.4%, while for apparels it dropped by 7% & 9.7%. Nitric acid is majorly used in production of fertilizers like ammonium nitrate & calcium ammonium nitrate, the adipic acid is used for making nylon fibre which is used in automotive parts like headliners and nitric acid as raw materials is used in inks, pigments & dyes which finds major application in textile industry. The decrease in consumption of fertilizers and production level of automotive, textile sector led to decrease in usage of nitric acid in these sectors, which negatively impacted the nitric acid industry. 

Report Coverage

The report: “Nitric Acid Market Report – Forecast (2022 – 2027)”, by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments of the Nitric Acid Industry

By Product – Ammonium Nitrate and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate
By Form – Concentrated Acid and Fuming Nitric Acid (Red Fuming, White Fuming)
By Application – Fertilizers, Polymers (Polyamides, Polyurethane), Pigments (Ink Pigment, Dye Pigment), Explosives (Nitroglycerin, Trinitrotoluene), Rocket Propellent, Oxidizing Agent, Etchant & Cleaning Agent, Chemical Doping Agent, and Others
By End User – Agriculture, Furniture (Bedding, Chairs, and Others), Automotive (Passenger cars, Heavy Commercial Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles, and Others), Textile (Woven, Non-Woven), Mining, Aerospace, Electronics, and Others (Woods, Metallurgy, Medicine) 
By Geography - North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherland, Spain, Russia, Belgium, Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Rest of South America), and Rest of the World (Middle East, Africa)

Key Takeaways

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the nitric acid industry, as the region consists some of the major end user of nitric acid like agriculture, automotive, textile and mining in major economies like China and India.
  • The growing demand for lighter automobiles will lead to more usage of adipic acid as nylon polymer composites made from adipic acid used in automotive parts, decreases overall weight of vehicles and make them more fuel efficient. 
  • Nitric acid as a cleaning agent and nylon precursor is used in chemical processing industry, and also in cleaning food and diary equipment where it mainly removes the precipitated magnesium and calcium compounds

Figure: Asia-Pacific, Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2021-2027

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Nitric Acid Market Segment Analysis – By Product

Ammonium nitrate held a significant share in nitric acid market in 2021, with a share of over 56%. Nitric acid derived ammonium nitrate is majorly used as fertilizer as it features great versatility which can be applied to supply nitrogen to advance the growth of plants, and it has low carbon footprint. Moreover, ammonium nitrate readily forms explosive mixtures with varying properties when combined with explosives such as TNT which is used in mining sector. The growing productivity of mining and agriculture sector on account of growing developments in these sectors, has positively impacted the usage of ammonium nitrate. For instance, as per National Bureau of Statistics, in December 2021, the mining production of China increased by 7.3% compared to 2020 same month. Also, as per European Union, in 2021, the agriculture production volume of vegetables like carrot, tomatoes, onions increased in 2020 with carrot showing 8.1% increase in Italy, tomatoes 56% in Portugal, and onion 28.2% in Greece. Ammonium nitrate is used in Trinitrotoluene explosives in mining activities and in agriculture sector it is majorly used in making fertilizers. Hence the increase in production output in these sectors will lead to more usage of ammonium nitrate in them, thereby having a positive impact on the growth on nitric acid industry.

Nitric Acid Market Segment Analysis – By End User

Agriculture held a significant share in nitric acid market in 2021, with a share of over 22%. Maximum portion of nitric acid is used in agriculture sector for making fertilizers like ammonium nitrate & calcium ammonium nitrate as nitrogen-based fertilizers aids farmers in protecting their soil, and also it produces less greenhouse gas emission than other fertilizers. The rapid development in the agriculture sector and new technologies being introduced like high-tech machines, robotics, etc. has increased the production volume of agriculture sector. For instance, as per the 2021 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the production of primary crops was 9.4 billion tones in 2019 which was 53% more than 2000. Also, the global vegetable production went up to 1128 million tones in 2019 showing an increase of up to 65% compared to 2000. Such increase in agriculture output will create more usage of fertilizers resulting in more demand for nitrogen-based fertilizers like ammonium nitrate. This will have a positive impact on the growth of nitric acid industry.

Nitric Acid Market Segment Analysis – By Geography

Asia-Pacific held the largest share in nitric acid market in 2021, with a share of over 29%. The region consists of major end-users of nitric acids like agriculture, automotive, textiles, in economies like China, India, Japan, Thailand with China being the largest automotive, and textile producer. The economic development in these nations has led to an increase in the industrial output of these sectors. For instance, as per the 2021 report of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association on global vehicle production, China produced 32% of 74 million cars manufactured worldwide with Japan & Korea producing 16%. Also, as per Department of Fertilizers of India, the sale of fertilizers in India was 2.89 million tons in April 2020, with a growth of 45.1% compared to the same month of the 2020. Moreover, as per United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), in 2021, the major apparel sourcing destination was from Asia, led by China (93 %), Vietnam (87%), India (77%), and Bangladesh (73%). Nitric acid-based chemicals like adipic acid is used for making nylon which is used in automotive gears, bearings, while nitrobenzene is used in motor oil. Also, besides being used in fertilizers, nitric acid is used ink & dyes pigment used in textile sector. The high productivity of such sectors will increase the usage of nitric acid-based products in them, thereby positively impacting the growth of the nitric acid industry in Asia-Pacific.

Nitric Acid Market Drivers 

Increase in Production Volume of Agriculture Sector

The increase in population creates more demand for food which leads to increase in crop production, farming activities and trade volumes in order to meet the need of increased population. Nitric acid is majorly used for making fertilizers like ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate, thereby having a major application in agriculture sector. For instance, as per National Bureau of Statistics China, in 2021, the grain production increased by 2.2% compared to last year. Also, as per the Agriculture Ministry of India, the horticulture production in India was 330 million tons in 2020, showing an increase of 3% from 2019. Moreover, as per United States Department of Agriculture, in 2021, rice production in Thailand increased by 2%. Such increase in agriculture productivity will lead to more usage of fertilizers in crop production, which will have positive impact on the demand of nitrogen-based fertilizers in agriculture sector. Hence, this will provide boost to the growth of nitric acid industry.

High Demand for Automotive Vehicles

Nitric acid is used for the production of chemicals like adipic acid, nitrobenzene, and toluene diisocyanate all of which have certain application in automotive sector. Adipic acid is used in making nylon 6.6 fibre which is used in automotive trunks lids, body panels, nitrobenzene is used for making lubricating oil for automotive engines and toluene diisocyanate makes polyurethane foam used in seating and headliners. The rapid development in automotive sector and growing demand for vehicles has positively impacted the demand for nitric acid-based compounds. For instance, as per Europe Automobile Manufacturer Association, in November 2021, the new passenger car registration in the first ten months increased up to 2.2% with an increase shown in European Union markets like Italy showed 12.7%, Spain showed 5.6% and France showed 3.1%. Such increase in consumption of automotive vehicles will lead to increase in their production volume, thereby increasing the usage of such chemical compounds in automotive parts and lubricants. This will provide growth opportunities to nitric acid industry in automotive sector. 

Nitric Acid Market Challenges

Stringent Government Regulation

The primary greenhouse gas emitted in nitric acid production is nitrous oxide which has various health effects like shivering, vomiting, excessive sweating, fatigue and dizziness. Hence, in order to curb these health effects on account of such greenhouse gases, certain regulation has been imposed by the governments. For instance, the United States Environment Protection Agency’s, Clean Air Act and National Ambient Air Quality Standard, are certain measures that is implement to reduce such greenhouse gas emission. This can hamper the production volume of nitric acid, thereby having a negative impact on nitric acid industry

Nitric Acid Industry Outlook

The companies to develop a strong regional presence and strengthen their market position, continuously engage in mergers and acquisitions. In the nitric acid market report, the nitric acid top 10 companies are:

  1. CF Industries Holdings Inc.
  2. Dyno Nobel
  3. LSB Industries
  4. Omnia Holding Limited
  5. Nutrien Ltd
  6. Yara International
  7. DuPont
  8. Apache Nitrogen Products Inc
  9. Qingdao Hisea Chem Co. Ltd
  10. PVS Chemicals

Recent Developments

  • In 2020, Kellog Brown and Root partnered with Haifa Group to increase the production of two nitric acid plants in Israel and such partnership will deliver high production capacity while low plant emission and operating cost
  • In 2019, Plinke GmBH a subsidiary of KBR Inc. was awarded the contract to build concentrated nitric acid plant for Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd in Gujarat which will produce 150 metric tons of concentrated nitric acid per day
  • In 2019, Deepak Fertilizers Chemical Limited started production of nitric acid complex in India, which will produce around 92 kiloton of nitric acid and 149 kiloton of diluted nitric acid per annum

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1. Nitric Acid Market- Market Overview
    1.1 Definitions and Scope
2. Nitric Acid Market - Executive Summary
    2.1 Key Trends by Product
    2.2 Key Trends by Form
    2.3 Key Trends by Application
    2.4 Key Trends by End Use Industry
    2.5 Key Trends by Geography
3. Nitric Acid Market – Comparative analysis
    3.1 Market Share Analysis- Major Companies
    3.2 Product Benchmarking- Major Companies
    3.3 Top 5 Financials Analysis
    3.4 Patent Analysis- Major Companies
    3.5 Pricing Analysis (ASPs will be provided)
4. Nitric Acid Market - Startup companies Scenario Premium Premium 
    4.1 Major startup company analysis:
        4.1.1 Investment
        4.1.2 Revenue
        4.1.3 Product portfolio
        4.1.4 Venture Capital and Funding Scenario
5. Nitric Acid Market – Industry Market Entry Scenario Premium Premium 
    5.1 Regulatory Framework Overview
    5.2 New Business and Ease of Doing Business Index
    5.3 Successful Venture Profiles
    5.4 Customer Analysis – Major companies
6. Nitric Acid Market - Market Forces
    6.1 Market Drivers
    6.2 Market Constraints
    6.3 Porters Five Force Model
        6.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        6.3.2 Bargaining Powers of Buyers
        6.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
        6.3.4 Competitive Rivalry
        6.3.5 Threat of Substitutes
7. Nitric Acid Market – Strategic Analysis
    7.1 Value/Supply Chain Analysis
    7.2 Opportunity Analysis
    7.3 Product/Market Life Cycle
    7.4 Distributor Analysis – Major Companies
8. Nitric Acid Market – By Product (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    8.1 Ammonium Nitrate
    8.2 Calcium Ammonium Nitrate
9. Nitric Acid Market – By Form (Market Size – US$ Million/ Billion)
    9.1 Concentrated Nitric Acid
    9.2 Fuming Nitric Acid
        9.2.1 Red Fuming
        9.2.2 White Fuming
10. Nitric Acid Market – By Application (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    10.1 Fertilizers
    10.2 Polymers
        10.2.1 Polyamides
        10.2.2 Polyurethane
    10.3 Pigments
        10.3.1 Ink Pigment
        10.3.2 Dye Pigment
    10.4 Explosives
        10.4.1 Nitroglycerin
        10.4.2 Trinitrotoluene
    10.5 Rocket Propellent
    10.6 Oxidizing Agent
    10.7 Etchant & Cleaning Agent
    10.8 Chemical Doping Agent
    10.9 Others (Nitrate Salts, Coal Tar Products, Drugs)
11. Nitric Acid Market – By End Use Industry (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    11.1 Agriculture
    11.2 Furniture
        11.2.1 Beddings
        11.2.2 Chairs
        11.2.3 Others
    11.3 Automotive
        11.3.1 Passenger Cars
        11.3.2 Heavy Commercial Vehicles
        11.3.3 Light Commercial Vehicles
        11.3.4 Others (three wheelers/ two wheelers)
    11.4 Textile
        11.4.1 Woven
        11.4.2 Non-Woven
    11.5 Mining
    11.6 Aerospace
    11.7 Electronics
    11.8 Others (Woods, Medicine, Metallurgy)
12. Nitric Acid Market - By Geography (Market Size -US$ Million/Billion)
    12.1 North America
        12.1.1 USA
        12.1.2 Canada
        12.1.3 Mexico
    12.2 Europe
        12.2.1 UK
        12.2.2 Germany
        12.2.3 France
        12.2.4 Italy
        12.2.5 Netherlands
        12.2.6 Spain
        12.2.7 Russia
        12.2.8 Belgium
        12.2.9 Rest of Europe
    12.3 Asia-Pacific
        12.3.1 China
        12.3.2 Japan
        12.3.3 India
        12.3.4 South Korea
        12.3.5 Australia and New Zeeland
        12.3.6 Indonesia
        12.3.7 Taiwan
        12.3.8 Malaysia
        12.3.9 Rest of APAC
    12.4 South America
        12.4.1 Brazil
        12.4.2 Argentina
        12.4.3 Colombia
        12.4.4 Chile
        12.4.5 Rest of South America
    12.5 Rest of the World
        12.5.1 Middle East
   Saudi Arabia
   Rest of the Middle East
        12.5.2 Africa
   South Africa
   Rest of Africa
13. Nitric Acid Market – Entropy
    13.1 New Product Launches
    13.2 M&As, Collaborations, JVs and Partnerships
14. Nitric Acid Market – Industry/Competition Segment Analysis Premium 
    14.1 Company Benchmarking Matrix – Major Companies
    14.2 Market Share at Global Level - Major companies
    14.3 Market Share by Key Region - Major companies
    14.4 Market Share by Key Country - Major companies
    14.5 Market Share by Key Application - Major companies
    14.6 Market Share by Key Product Type/Product category - Major companies
15. Nitric Acid Market – Key Company List by Country Premium Premium 
16. Nitric Acid Market Company Analysis - Business Overview, Product Portfolio, Financials, and Developments
    16.1 Company 1
    16.2 Company 2
    16.3 Company 3
    16.4 Company 4
    16.5 Company 5
    16.6 Company 6
    16.7 Company 7
    16.8 Company 8
    16.9 Company 9
    16.10 Company 10 and more
"*Financials would be provided on a best effort basis for private companies"


1.Global Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 ($M)
2.Global Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 (Volume/Units)
3.North America Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 ($M)
4.South America Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 ($M)
5.Europe Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 ($M)
6.APAC Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 ($M)
7.MENA Nitric Acid Market Analysis and Forecast By End Use Market 2019-2024 ($M)


1.US Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
2.Canada Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
3.Mexico Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
4.Brazil Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
5.Argentina Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
6.Peru Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
7.Colombia Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
8.Chile Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
9.Rest of South America Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
10.UK Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
11.Germany Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
12.France Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
13.Italy Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
14.Spain Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
15.Rest of Europe Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
16.China Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
17.India Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
18.Japan Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
19.South Korea Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
20.South Africa Nitric Acid Market Revenue, 2019-2024 ($M)
21.North America Nitric Acid By Application
22.South America Nitric Acid By Application
23.Europe Nitric Acid By Application
24.APAC Nitric Acid By Application
25.MENA Nitric Acid By Application
26.Competition Landscape, Sales /Revenue, 2015-2018 ($Mn/$Bn)