Global Sulfur market report from 2019 to 2025

In this article of Venus Dream Deal website, we have a look at global sulfur market statuses from year 2019 to 2025 and give report in form of charts.

In Asia-Pacific region, China is the major country in production of sulfur in all forms. China is the world’s leading producer of pyrites, and also a leading sulfur importer. The demand for sulfur in the country is driven by end-user industries including chemical processing, fertilizer, and rubber processing industries.

Production of sulfur by country 2018-2017

Increase in energy production in China in recent decades across the oil and gas sector is likely to fuel the domestic sulfur recovery. Developments in the Sichuan province have led to a significant increase in sulfur production capacity.

Global sulfur consumption from fertilizer end user

Additionally, oil palm, rubber, and sugarcane accounts for almost 95% of ASEAN fertilizers demand. Cultivation is expected to be the main driver for the fertilizer growth in future which may leads to upsurge the sulfur market.

Average import price of sulfur

Thailand is one of the largest producer and exporter of natural rubber, globally. Around one-third of total global natural rubber plantations are across Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. These factors are contributing to the increasing demand for sulfur consumption in this region during the forecast period.

Global sulfur market value 2017-2025

Sulfur production from Frasch method for commercial scale was first carried out in Mexico and Brazil. Elemental sulfur is mined in Poland, Russia and China.

The sulfuric acid plant at Eurochem’s Lifosa phosphate fertilizer plant remains offline until early June due to a technical issue leading to the unscheduled stoppage and the maintenance programme being brought forward.

In Saudi Arabia there have been constant reports of some decrease in the availability of trader contract cargoes with some traders reporting no availability in third quarter year with tonnes reportedly being sought from JV operations. Saudi Aramco will be bringing on significant new Sulfur capacity at the gas based Fadhili plant in 2-half.

In Americas, increasing adoption of TPV in the automotive industry is the primary factor that drive the growth of the sulfur market in future.

The adoption of TPV provides manufacturers various benefits in terms of design flexibility, long-term weather resistance, and reduced cost that are not available with the traditional counterparts such as rubber and EPDM. As the TPV is manufactured using the dynamic vulcanization process and sulfur is used as an accelerator and curative in vulcanization process , this expands the demand for sulfur market. The United States is the second largest country in the production of sulfur.

The Russian crude oil to refineries via the Dhruzba pipeline is still condensed, with some estimates pointing to a potential delay of 6-8 months in re-establishing usual supply, which is causing sever demand-supply shortage to the market in the European region.

Global sulfur market value by region

Germany and Central Europe sulfur market have become very tight as a result, and in some cases, there are reported to be disruptions to contractual volumes.

Two refineries in Germany supplied by the pipeline are reported to still be operating at reduced rates due to the closure of the Druhzba pipeline.

North america market value by country

The global sulfur market by end user industry is segmented into chemical processing,fertilizer,rubber processing, metal manufacturing and other end user industries.

Global sulfur market share 2018

Among end-user industries, chemicals processing segment leads the demand for sulfur market. Additionally,rubber processing is anticipated to show the fastest growth during the forecast period.

Increasing application of sulfur in various industries such as automotive, metal forming, circuit board manufacturing, composite manufacturing, and others is boosting the market demand. With increasing production for rubber,the demand for sulfur is simultaneously increasing, which is used during the production process of rubber.


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Company Legal NameRoyal Dutch Shell Plc
Establishment/Incorporation (in Year)1907
Company is Headquartered inNetherlands
Phone No.+31-70-377-9111
Operating Regions Global
Business LinesAcross Oil and Gas Value Chain
Corporate/Registered AddressRoyal Dutch Shell plc, Shell Centre, LondonSE1 7NA, United Kingdom
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc is one of the largest publicly traded, integrated international oil and gas companies in the world. 
  • The company is engaged in conducting various operations across the oil and gas value chain including upstream activities (Exploration and Production of crude oil and natural gas), midstream activities (transportation, shipping, LNG), downstream activities (Refinery, Supply, Trading, Shipping, Petrochemicals) and projects & technology services. 
  • The company was established in 1907 with the merger of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Shell Transport and Trading Company Ltd.  
  • Shell has refining and product distribution operations in Saudi Arabia. It conducts its operations through joint venture operations. Aljomaih and Shell Lubricating Oil Company (JOSLOC) and Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (SASREF) are key joint venture companies of Shell located in Saudi Arabia. 
  • JOSLOC is responsible for marketing shell’s lubricants in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whereas, SASREF is engaged in crude processing and is one of the largest petroleum refining company in the country. 
  • The company has operations across the globe. Currently, it operates in 70+ countries. Over 90,000 employees and contractors work for the company. The super major is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.
Table 40:       Shell- Key Financial Indicators, $Million, FY2017 
Total Revenue11,772.70
Operating Income1,278.20
Net Income1,787.20
Basic EPS0.31
Capital Expenditures-390.3
Cash from Operating Activities2,339.90
Free Cash Flow1,949.70
Total Assets19,208.40
Total Liabilities5,162.70
Total Long-Term Debt2,142.80
Total Common Shares Outstanding5,833.80
Market Cap20,171.40
Table 41:      Shell- Key Financial Ratios, $Million, FY2017 
Profitability Ratios 
Gross Margin14.84%
Operating Margin10.86%
Pretax Margin18.61%
Net Profit Margin15.18%
Financial Strength 
Current Ratio3.08
Long-Term Debt/Equity0.18
Total Debt/Equity0.28
Interest Coverage29.72
Management Effectiveness 
Return on Assets9.74%
Return on Equity16.06%
Receivables Turnover12.78
Inventory Turnover7.53
Asset Turnover0.64
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  • The base currency considered was the United States Dollar (USD). The conversion of other currencies to USD was considered based on the average exchange rate for the respective review period years. The exchange rate conversion for forecast period was determined according to the base year’s conversion rates.
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