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Alkali chemicals production volume in India FY 2013-2020

In the first half of fiscal year 2020, over four million metric tons of alkali chemicals were produced across India. These chemicals acted as intermediates and helped to manufacture chemicals necessary for textiles, paper and pulp, soap, detergents, etc.

Chemical industry in India

The chemical industry in the country is one of the most diverse, with over 80,000 products. India was the sixth largest producer of chemicals in the world and the fourth largest in Asia. Divided based on consumption, base chemicals made up an important type within the industry. Others included specialty chemicals and agrochemicals. Over 60 percent of the chemical industry was located in the western part of India, with 53 percent in Gujarat alone. Some of the reasons for this were better connectivity, easily available skilled labor, and favorable policies. The total production volume of basic major chemicals and petrochemicals in India was over 8,000 metric tons since fiscal year 2015.

Major chemicals

Among the three major chemicals under this category, soda ash was the most widely manufactured alkali chemical in the country. In 2019, it witnessed a production volume of over 3,000 metric tons. Over a quarter of its demand was fulfilled by imports. One of the reasons for imports was its availability at a cheaper rate in comparison to domestically manufactured soda ash. Caustic soda was the second widely manufactured alkali chemical in the country. This was followed by liquid chlorine.

Production volume of alkali chemicals in India from financial year 2013 to 2020

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

FY 2013 to FY 2020

Supplementary notes

* Source quoted data for FY 2020 from April-2019 to September 2019.
India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.
Data from previous reports has also been used.
Values have been rounded.

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