Anhydrous aluminum chloride is an odorless, white or yellow crystalline solid that has a low melting and boiling point. There are 2 major forms of anhydrous aluminum chloride, namely, powder and granule. Both these forms of anhydrous aluminum chloride possess unique characteristics, such as purity, solubility, volatility, and iron content. Anhydrous aluminum chloride is primarily used as a catalyst in the chemical industry for various applications, such as dyes and pigments, pesticides, reforming hydrocarbons, and pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It is also used in the manufacturing of fumed alumina, electrolytic production of aluminum, and as a nucleating agent in the production of titanium dioxide. The anhydrous aluminum chloride market is projected to grow from USD 772.8 million in 2017 to USD 948.6 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.19% during the forecast period.
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The granular form segment accounted for a larger share of the anhydrous aluminum chloride market as compared to the powder form segment in 2016, in terms of volume. The growth of the granular form segment can be attributed to the increasing use of granular anhydrous aluminum chloride as a catalyst for various applications, such as dyes and pigments, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and reforming hydrocarbons. Granular anhydrous aluminum chloride is also used in the production of fumed alumina and titanium dioxide
Key players operating in the anhydrous aluminum chloride market have adopted various growth strategies to strengthen their position in the market. Investments and expansions were key growth strategies adopted by leading market players between 2014 and 2017 to enhance their production capacities and strengthen their position in the anhydrous aluminum chloride market.
Gulbrandsen (US), Aditya Birla Chemicals (India), Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals (India), Nippon Light Metal (Japan), and BASF (Germany) are some of the leading players operating in the anhydrous aluminum chloride market.
Gulbrandsen occupies the top position in the anhydrous aluminum chloride market. The company offers high-quality products at competitive prices. Anhydrous aluminum chloride offered by the company is used as a catalyst in the processing of pharmaceutical drug intermediates, agricultural chemicals, polymers, reforming hydrocarbon resins, flavors, and fragrances. It is also used in the production of chemical intermediates and other inorganic products. In 2009, the company acquired the aluminum chloride business of Arkema Catalyst India Ltd. Gulbrandsen has its presence in North America, APAC, and Europe.
Aditya Birla Chemicals holds the second position in the anhydrous aluminum chloride market. The company is a key provider of anhydrous aluminum chloride, which is used as a catalyst for the manufacture of pharmaceutical drug intermediates, ethyl benzene, isopropyl benzene, titanium dioxide, hydrocarbon resins, terpene resins, and polybutenes. The company focuses on the effective use of raw materials and improving the quality of products.
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Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals is a key player in the anhydrous aluminum chloride market. In 2016, Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals increased its production of anhydrous aluminum chloride from 63 TPD to 72 TPD by installing 4 more reactors in Dahej, India. The company plans to invest USD 5.21 million to set up a 16,500 TPA plant in Dahej; the manufacturing plant will produce anhydrous aluminum chloride. This expansion strategy has enabled the company to cater to the global demand for anhydrous aluminum chloride.
In August 2017, DCM Shriram, a chemical manufacturing company headquartered in India, announced a project to develop a manufacturing plant in Bharuch, India, for the production of 60 TPD of anhydrous aluminum chloride. The project is expected to initiate by June 2018. Moreover, the company focuses on strengthening the chlor-alkali business by expanding its production capacity.
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