Mercury sulfate is a metallic compound that is white, pale yellow, or beige in color, and is in powdered form. It is used is electrochemical cells and acts a good electrode. It exists in two forms mercury (I) sulfate and mercury (II) sulfate.
Mercury sulfate is a highly toxic chemical and should be handled with care. Thereby, its use is more popular in industrial applications. Currently, it is highly used in the manufacturing of the solar cells to generate energy from renewable energy sources. Traditionally though, it has been used as a reagent and catalyst for the production of aldehydes. Currently, the use of mercury sulfate (I) as an electrode in lead-acid batteries to measure half-cell potentials is driving the growth of global mercury sulfate market.
The biggest market for mercury sulfate
North America is the most significant market for the consumption of mercury sulfate with the demand growing at a rapid rate with a CAGR of 2.5%. Such growth can be attributed to factors such as robust growth in end-user applications such as the production of solar cells and use of solar cells in medical devices. North America is closely followed by the APAC region where the chemical is used in consumer electronics industry to power the device with mercury-based battery.
Largest suppliers of mercury sulfate
The US, Canada, and Asian countries such as India and China are considered the largest producers of mercury sulfate. The North American market is dominated by producers such as Merck and Alfa Aesae. India and China have a cost advantage as they enjoy low-cost labor and availability of raw materials for manufacturing.
Market developments and trends
The current market is experiencing a high level of M&A activities. For instance, Merck KGaA acquired Sigma Aldrich, one of the major suppliers of mercury sulfate, which expanded the product portfolio and geographic reach of Merck. Such suppliers are also investing heavily in R&D activities to provide industry-specific grades based on end-use applications. Such activities will help buyers to adhere to regulations such as ECHA (EU), FDA (US), and EPA (US) based on end-user requirements.
As seen in all manufacturing industries, automation has taken over in this market as well. Suppliers are adopting automation in their operational process to increase the capacity utilization rate and thereby, enhance the efficiency of the production process. Additionally, they are also implementing centralized IT software that helps suppliers to manage inventory levels, making it easier to supply mercury sulfate based on the stock-levels at different operational facilities.
Top Five Suppliers
Merck KGaA is an American multinational company and is among the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It thrives on manufacturing medicines, vaccines, biological therapies, and animal health products.
Revenue: $16.9 billion
Alfa Aesar is a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Scientific that manufactures products such as chemicals, metals, and life science products.
Revenue: $18.2 billion
Yogi Dye Chem Industries is an Indian manufacturer, exporter, and importer of pharmaceutical raw materials, bulk drugs, metallic salts, veterinary feed additives, and chemical fines.
Revenue: $50-100 million
Cfm Oskar Tropitzsch is a manufacturer of pharmaceutical and chemical intermediaries, which includes reagents, API’s excipients, and various metal compounds.
Revenue: $50-100 million
Shanghai Zhihua ChemTech manufactures and provides various chemical and pharmaceutical products and caters to the life science and pharmaceutical industries.
Revenue: $10-50 million
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