Phosphorus trichloride is a chemical compound consisting of phosphorus and chlorine. It is a white to light yellow in color with a pungent smell of hydrochloric acid. The product occurs in its pure natural form and can also be manufactured synthetically. It is primarily used in chemical synthesis of organophosphorus compounds and is a precursor to chemicals such as phosphorus pentachloride (PCl5), phosphoryl chloride (POCl3), and thiophosphoryl chloride (PSCl3).
The global phosphorus trichloride market is majorly driven by growing demand for manufacturing commodity chemicals and agrochemicals-market-1267'>agrochemicals-market-1267'>agrochemicals. Organophosphonates are used in a various water treatment processes as cleaners, chelating agents, corrosion inhibitors and anti-scaling agent which is likely to drive the market growth. The surging demand for agrochemicals to meet the increasing consumption needs of rapidly growing population is another major factor driving growth of the market. It is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of gasoline additives, which is expected to propel the market growth due to high efficiency and better quality fuels from automotive sector. Moreover, the high demand for phosphorus trichloride as a plasticizer is further augmenting the market growth owing to their use in PVC for providing improved flexibility, plasticity, and durability. The product is a raw material to the drug named Sulfadiazine used for prevention of diseases such as rheumatic fever, chancroid, chlamydia, and infections from Haemophilus influenzae. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, there were 33.4 million cases of rheumatic heart disease and 10.5 million disability-adjusted life-years due to rheumatic heart disease globally. The increasing awareness about the heart related and sexually transmitted diseases is driving the market growth. It is also used for electrodeposition of metal on rubber and for production of flame retardants.
However, it is classified as extremely toxic and corrosive under EU Directive 67/548/EEC, which may challenge the market growth during the assessment period. Additionally, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) have set limitations on the exposure of the product.
Global Phosphorus Trichloride Share, by the Application (%)
The global phosphorus trichloride market is segmented into five regions Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.
The Asia Pacific is anticipated to lead the global phosphorus trichloride market due to the high demand for chemicals and agrochemical industries. The use of phosphorus trichloride in the manufacturing of fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides is the major driver of the market in this region. The increasing demand for better crop productivity mingled with the growing population is likely to fuel the market growth in coming years.
The North American market is primarily driven by the high demand for phosphorus trichloride from robust chemical industries in this region. Furthermore, the demand for pharmaceuticals in the U.S. drives the market growth positively.
Europe is another significant region in the global phosphorus trichloride market on account of the growing demand from major end-use industries such as chemicals, plastics & polymers, and others.
The Latin American market is driven by the increased product demand for manufacturing plasticizers with Brazil and Argentina being the major countries.
Lastly, the Middle East & Africa is anticipated to showcase a significant growth on account of the increasing demand for agrochemicals and pesticides owing to the increased health awareness among the consumers and demand for food production. The demand for food production is driven by lack of agricultural land.
The global phosphorus trichloride market is segmented on the basis of the application and region.
Based on the application, the global phosphorus trichloride market is segmented into chemical intermediate, agrochemicals, a gasoline additive, plasticizer, pharmaceuticals, and others.
Geographically, the global phosphorus trichloride market is segmented into five major regions namely Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.
Some of the prominent manufacturers in the global market of phosphorus trichloride are Monsanto Company (the U.S.), Solvay (Belgium), Merck KGaA (Germany), LAXNESS (Germany), PCC Rokita (Poland), ICL (Israel), SANDHYA GROUP (India), Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific (the U.S.), Parchem fine & specialty chemicals (New York), and Xuzhou Jianping Chemical Co., Ltd (China)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :
Phosphorus trichloride is a white to light yellow chemical compound that is formed as the result of a reaction between phosphorus and chlorine. It has a pungent smell of hydrochloric acid, or HCl.
Leading applications of phosphorus trichloride include chemical intermediates, agrochemicals, gasoline additive, plasticizer, pharmaceuticals, and others.
The growing demand for agrochemicals, including a growing demand for phosphorus fertilizers, is the major driver for the global phosphorus trichloride market.
Asia Pacific is the largest regional market on account of its growing agriculture industry.
Leading players in the market include Monsanto, Solvay, and Merck, among others.