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Potassium Carbonate Market

Potassium Carbonate Market: Information by Product Type (Electrolysis Method, Ion Exchange Method, Ash Method),Application, and Region —Forecast till 2026

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Market Overview

The Global Potassium Carbonate Market size is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period.

Potassium carbonate is a well-known chemical compound used in the production of soap, glass, and bakery and confectionery products, among other applications. It is a white salt, soluble in water, and can be manufactured by reacting potassium hydroxide with carbon dioxide. Nowadays, it is also manufactured through the electrolysis of potassium chloride. The subsequent potassium hydroxide is then carbonated using carbon dioxide to form potassium carbonate, which is mostly used to produce other potassium compounds such as fertilizers.

Potassium Carbonate Market: Product Lifecycle

Potassium carbonate has been used in the manufacturing of glass, ceramics, agrochemicals, and potassium salts fora long time; however, the inclusion of potassium carbonate in pharmaceuticals and foods is still in the growth phase. Several studies are being conducted on the compound to explore new applications. The demand for potassium carbonate is bound to increase with increasing research efforts in years to come. The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association has found that several manufacturers and research institutes in Europe and America have intensified investments in innovating and developing new pharmaceutical products, which will bolster potassium carbonate’s upcoming applications.

Market Snapshot

market snapshot
Base Year
: 2017
Study Period
: 2016-2026
: 5.3 %
Fastest Growing Market
: North America
Largest Market
: Asia-Pacific
Market Size
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Market Dynamics

Increasing Demand From the Glass Industry

Increasing demand for potassium carbonate from the glass industry to manufacture specialty glasses, including television tunes and other glass products, is expected to drive market growth during the forecast period. Glass Alliance Europe estimates that glass production in Europe reached a volume of nearly 36 million tons in 2017 and is expected to continue increasing in the coming years. Potassium carbonate is extensively used as a raw material in the manufacturing of electron tube, computer display, TV kinescope, and optical glass for improving clarity, strength, and refractive index.

Potassium carbonate is also significantly used in the manufacturing of television glass, owing to its unique characteristics. Similarly, it is also used in several fire cracking applications and the manufacturing of cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals, among other products.

Potassium Carbide Market to Grow in Tandem WithRubber Industry

Potassium carbonate is used as a rubber chemical in the rubber industry; thus, the growth of the rubber industry drives the overall consumption of potassium carbonate. Over 28,590 kilotons of rubber were produced across the globe in 2017. The automobile industry has been witnessing significant growth in the demand for automobiles in the past few years. Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific produced 19.6, 17.46, and 23.7 million units of motor vehicles, respectively, in 2017. However, in the previous year, the production of vehicles was low compared to 2017. Therefore, this rapidly growing demand for vehicles across the globe is projected to boost the overall market for rubber chemicals as they are used in tire and tube manufacturing to provide high elasticity, durability, strength, hardness, and resistance to wear.

Increasing Applications in Oil & Gas Industry to Create Growth Opportunities

Potassium carbonate can be used as a chloride-free, non-corrosive completion fluid and has gained acceptance by many operators in the Middle East. The market has been witnessing steady growth within the oil & gas industry as potassium carbonate is widely used in several end-use applications such as automobiles and powering generator sets. Additionally, the compound can also be used to remove CO2 and H2S from the sour natural gas feed. Significant trading activities in natural gas are expected to offer a growth opportunity in the coming years. According to the OECD, thetotal export of liquefied natural gas and natural gas in a gaseous state was valued at USD 95,000 million and USD 107,000 million respectively in 2017.

Health Hazards Associated With Potassium Carbonate to Hinder Market Growth

Potassium carbonate causes an irritating and caustic effect similar to that in the case of potassium hydroxide. It is also a carcinogenic or mutagenic compound, which can prove toxic on contact with skin and eyes and if swallowed or inhaled. The excessive use of potassium carbonate in food products can cause severe stomach pain, weakness, and leg pain, among others. The health hazards associated with potassium carbonate deter adoption in some applications, restricting market growth to an extent.

Segmental Analysis

Key End-Use Applications

Glass and ceramics manufacturing, agrochemical, rubber, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries are among the key end-use application areas for potassium carbonate. The compound is primarily used in glass, TV, and ceramic manufacturing and holds approximately half the market share in said applications. It is also used in the manufacturing of dyes and inks, and some of its other ends uses include foods, explosives, soaps, and inorganic salts.

Noteworthy Emerging Applications 

Potassium carbonate is used in the preparation of grass jelly, which is one of the most common ingredients in Asian cuisines. Additionally, it is also used in thick bread such as gingerbread and as additives in food items such as chocolate. Apart from this, potassium carbonate is used in wine and bakery products. Wine and chocolate are expected to emerge as key demand drivers in the coming years, as the overall consumption of these products has grown significantly in the last few years. For instance, each U.S. resident consumed 2.83 gallons of wine in 2015. As per the traveling Vineyard, 242 million hectoliters of wine were consumed worldwide in 2016.

Regional Analysis


Asia-Pacific, followed by Europe and the Americas, holds the largest value share in the global potassium carbonate market. In Asia-Pacific, China, India, Japan, and Australia drive the most prominent growth, with demand for bakery and food products and wine.

North America

North America is expected to register healthy growth, with the U.S. accounting for the bulk of the growth. The country records a strong demand for potassium carbonate from glass, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and rubber industries. The prominent presence of key players further adds to the region’s growth momentum.

Europe’s Strong Pharma Sector to Drive Regional Market Growth

Favorable government policies and a thriving pharma sector drive market growth in Europe. The presence of giants such as Novartis, Sanofi, AstraZeneca, and GlaxoSmithKline and massive R&D investments drive Europe’s pharma sector. In 2015 alone, R&D investments in Europe’s pharma sector amounted to a staggering USD 37,670.67 million.

Potassium Carbonate Market Regional Analysis
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Top Key Players of Potassium Carbonate Market

Various regional, as well as national and international chemical manufacturers, are offering potassium carbonate. Some of the prominent manufacturers globally are listed below.

  1. UNID Corp.(South Korea)
  2. Armand Products Company(The U.S.)
  3. Evonik (Germany)
  4. Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited(India)
  5. Hydrite Chemical Co.(The U.S.)
  6. ASHTA Chemical Inc.(The U.S.)
  7. Organic Potash Corp.(The U.S.)
  8. Wentong Potassium Salt Group Co., Ltd(China)
  9. Zhejiang Dayang Biotech Group Co.(China)
  10. Chengdu Chemical Co., Ltd.(China)
  11. Vynova Group (Belgium)

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
CAGR 5.3%
Forecast Period 2023-2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
Segments Covered
  1. By Product Type
    1. Electrolysis Method
    2. Ion Exchange Method
    3. Ash Method
    4. Other Method
  2. By Application
    1. Pharmaceuticals
    2. Potassium Salts
    3. Glass/TVs/Ceramics
    4. Agrochemicals
    5. Dyes & Inks
    6. Rubber Chemicals
    7. Others
Geographies Covered
  • North America
  • Europe
  • APAC
  • Middle East and Africa

Potassium Carbonate Market Segmentation

By Product Type

  • Electrolysis Method
  • Ion Exchange Method
  • Ash Method
  • Other Method

By Application

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Potassium Salts
  • Glass/TVs/Ceramics
  • Agrochemicals
  • Dyes & Inks
  • Rubber Chemicals
  • Others

By Region

North America

  • The U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • France
  • The U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Rest of Europe


  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

Latin America

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East

  • Saudi Arabia
  • The UAE
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • Rest of ME


  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Ghana
  • Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the growth rate for the Potassium Carbonate Market?
Potassium Carbonate Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period.
Some of the top industry players in Potassium Carbonate Market are, UNID Corp.(South Korea), Armand Products Company(The U.S.), Evonik (Germany), Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited(India), Hydrite Chemical Co.(The U.S.), ASHTA Chemical Inc.(The U.S.), Organic Potash Corp.(The U.S.), Wentong Potassium Salt Group Co., Ltd(China), Zhejiang Dayang Biotech Group Co.(China), Chengdu Chemical Co., Ltd.(China), Vynova Group (Belgium), etc.
Asia-Pacific has been dominating the Potassium Carbonate Market, accounting for the largest share of the market.
The North America region has experienced the highest growth rate in the Potassium Carbonate Market.
The global Potassium Carbonate Market report is segmented as follows: By Product Type, By Application
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