Argus launches international sulphuric acid service
London, 25 October 2012
Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has launched a new weekly sulphuric acid pricing and analysis service, Argus FMB Sulphuric Acid. With a range of reports covering regional and international fertilizer markets, available in English and Russian, Argus offers the most extensive fertilizer coverage of any publisher.
The sulphuric acid market is set to grow in the coming years to accommodate increasing demand from the metal leaching, chemical and fertilizer industries. The new weekly pricing report is essential for anyone with exposure to this growing yet opaque market. It is produced by a team of specialist market editors in London as well as Argus’ global network of correspondents.
Sulphuric acid prices are driven primary by the trading of smelter acid, which accounts for around 30pc of global production. The use of sulphur-based sulphuric acid, representing 60pc of world production, for phosphate fertilizer manufacture also plays an important role in establishing acid demand and price levels. Argus FMB Sulphuric Acid includes nine new price assessments for Latin and North America, northern and southern Europe, Africa and Asia. A fundamentals section analyses the impacts of metals and sulphur supply, use in leaching projects, metal prices and fertilizer demand. The new report also includes information about sulphuric acid plant shutdowns and curtailments, spot freight rates for nine key routes, trade statistics and full market commentary.
“Argus FMB Sulphuric Acid is a welcome addition to our fast growing portfolio of fertilizer services” Argus Media chairman and chief executive Adrian Binks said. “The new service will add much needed transparency to the international sulphuric acid markets which are so important both in fertilizer production and in the metals industry.”
Argus already publishes price assessments for the international fertilizer markets in Argus FMB Ammonia, Argus FMB Nitrogen, Argus FMB Potash, Argus FMB Phosphates and Argus FMB Sulphur.
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