Preliminary research of Fairfield Market Research indicates a promising growth outlook for global lime sulfur market during the course of next few years.
Favourable Government Initiatives Bolster Lime Sulfur Market Expansion
Global lime sulfur market has been expanding due to the rising need for crop protection. Additionally, the horticultural business, where lime sulfur is employed to control pests, is a major driver for the growth of lime sulfur market. With the limits placed on fungicides, and pesticides, demand for lime sulfur is predicted to remain moderate in highly industrialized regions like North America, and Europe. The demand for lime sulfur is anticipated to expand in the emerging countries of Asia Pacific region during the next few years, particularly in India, and China due to an expansion of the greenhouse horticulture sector. The horticulture department of the Indian government supports greenhouse farming and provides subsidies for it. The government subsidizes the cost of the greenhouse project by 50-60%. State-to-state differences exist in the subsidy percentage. Thus such government initiatives will support the growth of lime sulfur market. The food business has rapidly expanded in recent years and is expected to continue growing over the coming years.
Broadening Application Base Drives Lime Sulfur Market
Chemicals containing sulfur are employed in the preservation of food. After being added to food, it functions as an antioxidant and lowers the number of microorganisms in that particular food product. According to estimates, this will favorably impact lime sulfur market expansion. The sector of winemaking is anticipated to expand quickly over the forecast period. To extend the preservation process, sulfur dioxide gas is added to the winemaking process. The wine-producing sector depends heavily on the preservation process. This is expected to accelerate market expansion even more. The pharmaceutical industry, which uses sulfur chemicals extensively, is anticipated to grow the lime sulfur market globally.
The largest producer of pharmaceutical ingredients worldwide is China. The size of the Chinese pharmaceutical market was close to US$154 Bn in 2020. Thus with the growing pharmaceutical industry, the demand will accelerate. On the contrary, recent acquisitions, and expansion of production facilities encourage market penetration into new market areas. Major market players have been making significant investments in research initiatives to gain a greater market share on a global level. With the fierce competition, products are now more innovative than ever in terms of quality, and cost. However, lime sulfur market for lime sulfur may be hampered by lower sales due to an oversupply. However, established and emerging countries are anticipated to offer a market for lime sulfur, mostly because of the growth of the greenhouse horticulture sector.
Lime Sulfur Market: COVID-19 Impact
Lime sulfur is an essential chemical for important industrial end-use industries like metallurgy, construction, chemicals, and the environment. Therefore, despite the COVID-19 epidemic, many nations make an effort to guarantee that their supply is controlled. The pandemic has, however, forced a rigorous halt to resource shipping and mining. The product's supply chain was severely impacted in nations including China, India, and Brazil. The final product's price increased due to the lime sulfur essential raw material's erratic mining, and shipping activities. This has further impacted the producers' already slim profit margins. Furthermore, the closure of end-use industries will probably impact the general demand for lime sulfur in the near future. However, it is projected that by mid-2022, the impact of COVID-19 will have subsided, leading to a good prognosis for the lime sulfur sector, similar to what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Growing Fertilizer Demand to Drive Lime Sulfur Market Growth
Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, and magnesium are all used by plants in comparatively large amounts. With crop removal, erosion, leaching, soil fixation, and other reasons, nutrients are lost from the environment. This is particularly crucial when creating critical proteins, lipids, and amino acids in the early stages of development. The formation of protein molecules and amino acids required to develop chlorophyll, lignin, and pectin is its most significant contribution to crop production. This is achieved by aiding photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert solar energy into chemical energy. About 54% of all recovered product produced globally is used to produce agricultural fertilizer. Demand will increase in the next years due to the expanding world population. Eventually, food prices must be high enough to encourage spending and production growth. The generation of lime sulfur, which is largely used to create fertilizer, is one of the many industrial uses for lime sulfur.
Growing Government Regulations to Support Lime Sulfur Market Growth
The government is making efforts to increase agricultural productivity due to the rapid rise in food demand in undeveloped and developing nations and the resulting increase in population. The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers funding to domestic organizations to establish, organize, and grow the direct producer-to-consumer market. Additionally, the European Union has developed the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), which offers farmers agricultural subsidies. As a result of numerous government efforts and reforms, agricultural production is rising, which stimulates the lime sulfur market.
High Toxicity and Safety Concerns Continue to Challenge Lime Sulfur Market
The lime sulfur market faces significant obstacles due to the product's high toxicity and safety concerns. It is not suggested to spray lime sulfur on plants on hot, sunny days, even with lower water content, as the sulfur can harm the plants. It is advisable to use lime sulfur with extreme caution. Safety goggles and work gloves should be worn when working with lime sulfur to prevent eye blindness from splashing into the eyes. Additionally, only a limited amount of lime sulfur is permitted for use in agriculture. For instance, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), handling lime sulfur is currently permitted at a solubility concentration of 27–29%, requiring PPE to be worn. All of these reasons increase the challenges facing the lime sulfur market.
Fungicide Sales Dominant in Lime Sulfur Market to Quick Acting Ability
The fungicide category of lime sulfur market in the forecast period held the greatest market share. The lime sulfur fungicide helps to increase output while controlling fungal infection in crops. In addition, the advantage of lime sulfur fungicide is that it immediately kills fungi when it comes into touch with them, preventing plant harm. As dormant horticulture spray is typically applied after the winter or early spring to treat fungal diseases, including black spots, black rot, and powdery mildew, lime sulfur fungicide is frequently used in the horticulture industry. The lime-sulfur solution is mixed with water and sprayed on plants exhibiting fungal disease symptoms. After it has settled down appropriately, the plant is thoroughly rinsed to prevent further harm. These reasons will cause the fungicide sector to dominate the lime sulfur market during the next forecast period.
Horticulture Crops to Dominate Lime Sulfur Market
The horticulture crop segment dominated global lime sulfur market for lime sulfur, and it is expected to expand. With the different bacterial and fungal infections that can harm horticultural crops, there has been a growing need for lime sulfur. Horticulture crops such as fruits and vegetables, are in higher demand. Population expansion, rising income levels, and increased exports, particularly to European nations, boost the rise of the segment in lime sulfur market. In addition, several technical innovations, such as the employment of ground-breaking robotic scouting tools and the rising demand for secure agricultural farming, are acting as growth-promoting factors. Numerous factors, including extensive R&D initiatives and the implementation of supportive government policies to promote greenhouse horticulture are anticipated to further accelerate the lime sulfur market. These reasons will cause the horticulture sector to dominate the lime sulfur market throughout the next projection period.
Asia Pacific to Acquire a Revenue Share in Lime Sulfur Market Banking on an Expanding Horticulture
In the Asia Pacific region, which is forecast to be the fastest expanding market, the growth of the horticulture industry, mostly due to rising demand for vegetables and fresh fruits, is expected to play a significant role in driving lime sulfur market. In addition, the demand for lime sulfur is anticipated to continue high in nations like China, and India because of the growing requirement for better yield to meet the expanding need for food from the world's population. Additionally, the desire for more nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables and a changing lifestyle are driving up the demand for more effective herbicides and insecticides to combat different fungal infections. The lime sulfur market is anticipated to be driven by the worldwide veterinary industry over the next coming years. India used 61.4 million tonnes of fertilizer overall in 2020. The growing population is expected to fuel market growth along with rising demand for agricultural products, and food grains. These factors will cause the Asia Pacific region to dominate the lime sulfur market during the next forecast period.
In terms of demand, North America came in second to the Asia Pacific and was the second-largest market for lime sulfur. As more people in the area acquire pets, the need for lime sulfur has increased because it is used to treat skin illnesses in animals like dogs, cats, and horses. 70% of American households said they have at least one pet as of 2022. This is equivalent to 90.5 million households across the entire nation. Dogs are the most common pet choice, with 69 million of those 90.5 million people owning at least one. Another important use of lime sulfur in the area is as a major global provider of animal feed. The United States, and Mexico are two of the top seven animal feed producers worldwide. In the United States, there are about 6000 feed mills. These mills produced 215.9 million tonnes of total annual feed in 2020, an increase of 1% from the 214.4 million tonnes produced in 2019. As a result, it is anticipated that North America will experience a rise in the demand for lime sulfur in the near future. Mining activity expansion will support the growth of lime sulfur market. High demand is predicted to be driven mostly by activities that involve the extraction and purification of metals.
Global Lime Sulfur Market: Competitive Landscape
In November 2021, SGS expanded its Sustainability Solutions portfolio by acquiring a majority position in Sulfur Experts Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Sulfur Experts is a well-known company that provides process engineering advice, specialized testing, and training services to customers in the amine treatment and sulfur recovery industries to improve performance and reduce environmental impact. In May 2020, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality permitted Lhoist North America to build a unique energy-efficient lime kiln at their location in New Braunfels, Texas. The regulatory permission will allow the company to expand its capacity and serve consumers in North America more quickly.
A few of the players in the lime sulfur market include North Country Organics, TessenderlKerly, Miller Chemicals and Fertilizer, Graus Chemicals, OR-CAL Inc, Specialty Crop Solutions, Anhui Sinotech Chemical, Mitsubishi Chemical Company, Biofa AG, and Classic Chemicals.
Global Lime Sulfur Market is Segmented as Below:
By End-use Industry
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Lime Sulfur Market
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