- Phosphate rock minerals are not only vital for animal and plant life cycle but are also crucial for all living organism to survive.
- The mineral is used extensively for manufacturing phosphate fertilizer and various other industrial chemicals for domestic use.
- The global phosphate rock market size was estimated to be 226.68 million tons in 2016 driven primarily by the food demand associated with the growing population.
The global is expected to reach 268.0 million tons by 2024 as a result of its increasing demand in the downstream sector for producing fertilizers. It is the only global resource which is used in agriculture and fertilizer industry.
The mineral is a vital ingredient used for manufacturing NPK fertilizers. Therefore, the growing demand for fertilizer is expected to be the primary driving factor for the growth of the market over the next few years. Moreover, the absence of substitutes is expected to result in negligible substitution threat.
Additionally, one of the factors for fertilizer consumption growth is directly related to the global increasing calorie consumption per capita. High-calorie consumption foods are becoming popular, with rising prevalence of oilseeds, dairy and meat which are directly increasing the demand for stock feeds, grain, and agricultural production.
Demand for phosphate rock in Asia Pacific was 127.94 million tons in 2016 and is anticipated to maintain its dominant position over the forecast period owing to the presence of numerous agriculture-oriented economies. Rising demand for the mineral as an additive for feed & food as well as manufacturing of industrial chemical coupled with the growth of the manufacturing sector in the region is expected to drive the market. In developing countries such as Brazil, China and India, growing demand for cleansing and detergent agents are projected to drive the market in the coming few years.
Europe and North America has implemented regulations banning the use of phosphate in detergents, as the mineral mixes with water which can result in causing harm to the aquatic life by producing additional phosphorous which results in the death of fish, dolphins, and aquatic plants.
Among fertilizers, food & feed additives and industrial chemicals, fertilizer segment dominates the market by contributing 203.8 million tons in 2016 and is expected to maintain its position during the forecast period. Fertilizers comprise of different compositions of three main crop nutrients phosphorus (P), nitrogen (N), and potassium (K).
One of the major factors that are expected to hinder the growth of the phosphate rock market is the rapid depletion of these reserves and increasing demand for its derivatives as there is no other alternative for these products. The leading manufacturer in these markets is MBAC Fertilizer, Potash Corp, Phosphate Resources Limited, Grange resources, Mosaic, WENGFU Group, Agrium, Shaw River Manganese, Anglo American, and Sterling Group Ventures Inc.
Hexa Research has segmented the global phosphate rock market based on application and region: