Use of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) has become popular as a versatile alkali, preferably being used in the manufacturer of soap and detergents, pulp and paper, chemical production and petroleum products. The demand for caustic soda in textiles, glass making, and water treatment has triggered growth in the industry.

Application of caustic soda in the extraction of aluminum through purification of bauxite has furthered the confidence of stakeholders. Aluminum production from bauxite has become a prominent end-use application for caustic soda manufacturers.

In the latest research report by Global Market Insights, Inc., caustic soda market size is likely to surpass US$32.6 bn by 2026.

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Trends:  Soap and detergents

Rampant COVID-19 has revved up sales of cleaning and disinfectant products as health governing bodies such as the CDC recommend regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. Sodium hydroxide is increasingly being used to manufacture soaps and detergents used in both commercial and residential applications.

Leading companies are infusing investments in the trendy application by combining sodium hydroxide and chlorine. Moreover, use of caustic soda in drain cleaners to convert grease and fats which can clog pipes into soap has become more pronounced in recent years.

Growth drivers: Pulp and paper

With considerable diversity and volume of applications of caustic soda, pulp and paper process has become one of the major recipients of sodium hydroxide. Prominently, soaring number of pulp mills in North America that consume caustic soda augur well for the producers. Nevertheless, caustic soda is also being used in the process of deinking.

In several paper making processes, wood is being treated with a solution containing sodium hydroxide. Besides, caustic soda is also being used in paper recycling process to separate the ink from the paper fibers.

Use of caustic soda in the manufacture of pulping and bleaching process will continue to fuel the growth of industry size expansion.

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Growth opportunities in membrane cell

Several forward-looking companies cite membrane cell to be a highly desirable process as brine-to-bleach technology gains momentum in the industry landscape. It is worth noting that caustic soda is being used in fuel cell production to produce electricity in a clean and efficient manner for a slew of applications, such as portable and emergency backup power applications and transportation.

APAC has become a happy hunting ground for producers of caustic soda as it has been setting the trend in food processing, such as removing skins from potatoes and tomatoes. Further, several leading companies are also using caustic soda in curing foods such as olives.

Challenges for stakeholders

There have been some of the downsides such as strongly irritating and corrosive nature that have posed challenges to manufactures of caustic soda. While the FDA allows caustic soda to be used as a food additive at levels not more than 1 percent, the US OSHA has put forth guidelines for workers in industries that use caustic soda.

That said, versatile nature of caustic substance outshines its downsides as demand for sodium hydroxide continues to surge across residential, commercial and industrial applications. Prominently, use of caustic soda in soaps and detergents to amid COVID-19 has boosted confidence of stakeholders.

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