Nitric Acid Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Diluted Nitric Acid, Concentrated Nitric Acid), By Application (Ammonium Nitrate, Nitrobenzene, Adipic Acid, Toluene Diisocyanate, Nitrochlorobenzene, Fertilizers, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

  • Published : Oct 2021
  • Report Code : KSI061610451
  • Pages : 123

The nitric acid market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.59% over the forecast period to reach a market size of US$21.894 billion in 2026 from US$17.104 billion in 2019.


One of the prime applications of nitric acid is the production of adipic acid. Adipic acid is a prime ingredient in the production of nylon resins and fiber which is used in automotive for the interior. The acid is also used as a precursor during the production of nylon 6,6, another raw material used by the automotive industry. Nylon products are used as a substitute for heavy metal components in the automotive industry, facilitating low carbon emission and lesser fuel consumption. Furthermore, nitric acid in the form of explosive is used by the mining industry to carry out various operations. The prime reason driving the market growth of nitric acid is robust growth among its end products across various industry verticals. 

Geographically, the nitric acid market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific nitric acid market is expected to surge at a significant CAGR owing to mushrooming industrial sector which had fueled the automotive and textile industry. growth in the mining industry is also projected to show promising market prospects in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East region. The North America nitric acid market is expected to hold a significant share during the forecast period.

Market Trends.

The market for nitric acid was mainly driven by the fertilizer industry. Nitric acid is used in the manufacturing of ammonium nitrate and calcium ammonium nitrate which finds application in fertilizers. Ammonium nitrate, a significant by-product of nitric acid, is used in the production of urea ammonium nitrate (UAN). UAN is used as fertilizer solution and in explosives. Ammonium nitrate is also used as blasting and explosives across various industry verticals, including mining. Calcium ammonium nitrate is a prime ingredient used in the production of fertilizers solutions. Nylon 6,6 uses adipic acid as a raw material during its production. Nylon 6,6 is used by numerous industries including textile, automotive, and tire. Toulene diisocyanate is another key material used in these industries and employs Nitric acid in its production. Nitric acid also acts as an intermediary in the production of nitrobenzene and nitrochlorobenzenes and as an oxidizer.

However, the health risk faced by the workers operating in the nitric acid industry has raised serious concerns and has the potential to hinder market growth.

Growth Factors

  • The rising adoption of Nylon in the automotive industry is expected to increase the market demand for nylon and hence the demand for nitric acid.

One of the prime factors which are expected to support the growth of nitric acid is the increasing demand for nylon in the automotive industry. With growing environmental concerns and increasing carbon footprint on the earth, the automotive sector has been adopting economic and eco-friendly alternatives. Nylon products facilitate less carbon emission in the vehicle and encourage lower fuel consumption and hence have witnessed increased adoption. Furthermore, US automotive manufacturers, in order to adhere to Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations, have increased usage of polymer matrix composites, which also helps in achieving fuel economy.

Impact Of COVID-19 On The Nitric Acid Market

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the nitric acid market. The prime industry that employee Nitric acid is the mining industry which uses it as an explosive. With the outbreak of the covid-19 virus, a halt in operation across several industries was implemented, including the mining industry, to contain the spread of the virus. The reduced operation resulted in lower demand for nitric acid. Furthermore, the automotive industry as well witnessed decrease in production with physical shutdown of manufacturing units.  OICA records fall in production of motor vehicles by 16% in 2020 to 77.621 million vehicles.

Competitive Insights.

The promising market shown by t\lucrative growth in the nitric acid market has encouraged several new players to enter the market for better gains. Major players operating in the nitric acid market include Sasol, Du Pont, and BASF. These companies have been exhaustively covered along with their relative competitive strategies.

Recent Developments.

October 2020, Contract. LSB industries, one of the leading nitric acid producers globally, entered into a long-term contract which is expected to increase the company revenues. As per the contract, the company will supply 70 to 100-kilo tons of nitric acid annually.

April 2019, Contract. Gujarat-based Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) has won a contract to construct a nitric acid plant at Bharuch, Gujarat in India incorporation with Plinke GmbH, which is a subsidiary of KBR Inc. This contract is expected to significantly enhance the company’s business.

Nitric Acid Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2019  US$17.104 billion
 Market size value in 2026  US$21.894 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 3.59% from 2019 to 2026
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Type, Application, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered DuPont, BASF, The Dow Chemical Company, Nutrien, Omnia Holdings, Apache Nitrogen Products Inc., CF Industries, Dyno Nobel, Sasol, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd (RCF)
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Diluted Nitric Acid
    • Concentrated Nitric Acid
  • By Application
    • Ammonium Nitrate
    • Nitrobenzene
    • Adipic Acid
    • Toluene diisocyanate
    • Nitrochlorobenzene
    • Fertilizers
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Israel
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What are the growth prospects for the nitric acid market?
A1. The global nitric acid market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.59% over the forecast period.

Q2. What will be the nitric acid market size by 2026?
A2. The nitric acid market is expected to reach a total market size of US$21.894 billion in 2026.

Q3. What is the size of the global nitric acid market?
A3. Nitric Acid Market was valued at US$17.104 billion in 2019.

Q4. How is the nitric acid market segmented?
A4. The global nitric acid market has been segmented by type, application, and geography.

Q5. What factors are anticipated to drive the nitric acid market growth?
A5. Increasing demand for adipic acid to formulate nylon resins and fibers for automotive interior manufacturing is identified as a key driver of the nitric acid market.

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights

4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. The threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Function
4.4. Function Value Chain Analysis

5. Nitric Acid Market Analysis, By Type
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Diluted Nitric Acid
5.3. Concentrated Nitric Acid 

6. Nitric Acid Market Analysis, By Application
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Ammonium Nitrate
6.3. Nitrobenzene
6.4. Adipic Acid
6.5. Toluene diisocyanate
6.6. Nitrochlorobenzene
6.7. Fertilizers
6.8. Others 

7. Nitric Acid Market Analysis, By Geography  
7.1. Introduction
7.2. North America  
7.2.1.  United States
7.2.2.  Canada
7.2.3.  Mexico
7.3. South America  
7.3.1.  Brazil
7.3.2.  Argentina
7.3.3.  Others
7.4. Europe  
7.4.1.  UK
7.4.2.  Germany
7.4.3.  Italy
7.4.4.  Spain
7.4.5.  Others
7.5. Middle East and Africa  
7.5.1.  Israel 
7.5.2.  Saudi Arabia
7.5.3.  Others
7.6. Asia Pacific  
7.6.1.  China
7.6.2.  Japan
7.6.3.  India
7.6.4.  Australia
7.6.5.  South Korea
7.6.6.  Taiwan
7.6.7.  Thailand
7.6.8.  Indonesia
7.6.9.  Others

8.  Competitive Environment and Analysis
8.1.  Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2.  Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
8.3.  Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4.  Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

9.  Company Profiles.
9.1. DuPont
9.2. BASF
9.3. The Dow Chemical Company
9.4. Nutrien
9.5. Omnia Holdings
9.6.     Apache Nitrogen Products Inc.
9.7. CF Industries
9.8. Dyno Nobel
9.9. Sasol
9.10. Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd (RCF)



The Dow Chemical Company


Omnia Holdings

Apache Nitrogen Products Inc.

CF Industries

Dyno Nobel


Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd (RCF)