7th Dec 2018 – Global Sodium Hypochlorite Market is segmented on the basis of types, application and region. Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) comes across as a chemical compound comprising sodium, oxygen, and chlorine that is being used for centuries for disinfecting and bleaching. Sodium hypochlorite, better known as chlorine bleach, is mass produced by chlorination of soda ash and employed in many household products, inclusive of laundry bleaches, mold and mildew removers, hard surface cleaners, and drain cleaners. Sodium hypochlorite is the salt formed by negatively charged hypochlorite ion (OCl-) and a positively charged sodium ion (Na+). Pure hypochlorite is highly reactive and unstable; therefore, it is usually supplied as a dilute aqueous solution. Hypochlorite is especially sensitive to the presence of trace metals such as nickel, copper, chromium, iron, and others; thanks to its reactive nature.
Sodium hypochlorite is the primary ingredient in laundry bleach. It is used at length as a bleaching agent in the detergents, textile, and paper and pulp industries. It is also used as an oxidizing agent with respect to organic products. In the petrochemical industry, sodium hypochlorite is used in refining petroleum products.
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Market segment by Type, the product can be split into
- Industrial Grade
- Food Grade
Market segment by Application, Sodium Hypochlorite can be split into
- Water Treatment
- Neutralising Nerve Agents
- Prevent Skin Damage
Household bleaching accounted for the largest market share of the Sodium Hypochlorite Market. This is due to its high oxidizing strength. It is widely used in cleaner formulations for surfaces as well as clothes. Sodium hypochlorite is commonly used as a biocide in water treatment applications due to its anti-microbial characteristics and also as a chlorinating agent. It is also employed to treat cyanide contamination on the part of industrial wastewater.
The water treatment chemicals industry is witnessing a rapid rise in demand due to regulatory pressure for better treatment of municipal and industrial waste water released into the water bodies. Sodium hypochlorite solutions of concentrations are used by dentists as an irrigating agent for root canal treatments. This is to help prevent bacterial infection and to dissolve the dead tissue. It can also help in treating eczema, which causes skin to become irritated and inflamed. Sodium hypochlorite solution can also help in prevention of skin damage caused by radiation and sun exposure. This is because the solution blocks the activity of the molecule responsible for inflammation and aging.
Sodium Hypochlorite Market is segmented, geographically into North America, Europe (Eastern Europe, Western Europe), Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share of the Sodium Hypochlorite Market and will remain dominant over the forecast period riding on bumper sales of household bleaching products to its huge population. Major industrial economies including China, India, Japan, and South Korea are the major consumers of sodium hypochlorite for application in waste water treatment, household products, dental care and chemical industry.
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China and India are growing rapidly and seeing high disposable income and purchase power parity of the general population. This is expected to fuel market growth of household products including bleach detergents, which in turn is expected to boost demand for sodium hypochlorite in the region. North America is the major consumer for sodium hypochlorite especially in the waste water treatment and dental care applications. Europe is expected to witness reasonably slower growth than the other regions owing to its stringent regulations. Sodium Hypochlorite Market key players are Solvay Chem, Akzo Nobel, Basf, Olin Chlor Alkali, Arkema, AGC, SurpressChem, Ineos, Occidental, Sumitomo Chem, Aditya Birla, Vertex Chem, JSC Kaustik, Orica Watercare, TianyuanChem, HECG, RuifuxinChem, Kaifeng Chem, and DongfangHaoyuan Chem.