Disulfurous Acid Market Size & Share, by Product Grade (Food Grade, Cosmetic Grade, Industrial Grade), Application (Food Processing, Cosmetics, Alcoholic Beverage, Reducing Agent) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 3942
  • Published Date: May 30, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Disulfurous Acid Market size is estimated to surpass USD 6 Billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period i.e., 2023-2035.In the year 2022, the industry size of disulfurous acid  was USD 3 Billion. Disulfurous acid is utilized as a disinfectant in municipal water supplies and they also remove chlorine from the water. As per the data extracted from 128 countries, in 2022 around 56% of water supplied to households goes through water treatment.

Furthermore, disulfurous acid and its sulfite salts work as antioxidants in food and beverages, protecting the color, texture, and attractiveness of the meal. It is widely used in canned fruits and vegetables to preserve their visual appeal and sensory attributes.

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Disulfurous Acid Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Used of Reducing Agents – Disulfurous acids are unstable and exist primarily in solution as sulfurous acid, which is involved in the bleaching process as a reducing agent.
  • Advancements in the Production Process of Sulfuric Acid – One of the newest production technology, membrane technology enables sulfuric acid manufacturing cheaper and less harmful to the environment. Moreover, disulfurous acid is formed by reacting sulfuric acid with water and then with oxygen.
  • Increasing Chemical Industry – Disulfurous acid is used as an intermediate in many chemical reactions. It can engage in redox processes or function as a titrant in a variety of chemical procedures.


  • Hazardous Nature of the Acid – It is a strong acid and can cause severe burns and corrosion when touched by bare skin. Furthermore, it can destroy tissues, and damage eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. It can also irritate the respiratory system causing difficulty in breathing, coughing, and throat irritation
  • Disulfurous acid is unstable and never present in a free state
  • Many people are allergic to food containing disulfurous acid

Disulfurous Acid Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~8 %

Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 3 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 6 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa)
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Disulfurous Acid Segmentation

Product Grade (Food Grade, Cosmetic Grade, Industrial Grade)

The food grade segment is set to hold 55% share of the disulfurous acid market by 2035. Disulfurous acid is primarily used as a food preservative and antioxidant to prevent microbial growth and stop spoilage and extend the shelf life of food. Therefore,
rise in the number of deaths associated with contaminated food and a rise in food wastage is to boost the segment growth.

Application (Food Processing, Cosmetics, Alcoholic Beverage, Reducing Agent)

The reducing agent segment is slated to account for 40% revenue share by 2035. This growth is ascribed to disulfurous acid is used as a reducing agent in various chemical and industrial procedures. For instance, metal oxide reduction, textile and paper bleaching, chemical disinfectants, and dichlorination, moreover, it is used in analytical chemistry for reducing the oxidation state of some metal ions. 

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

        Product Grade

  • Food Grade
  • Cosmetic Grade
  • Industrial Grade


  • Food Processing
  • Cosmetics
  • Alcoholic Beverage
  • Reducing Agent

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Disulfurous Acid Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Statistics

Asia Pacific disulfurous acid market is projected to be the largest share of about 33% by the end of 2035. The presence of a large chemical industry is increasing the demand for disulfurous acid in the region as it is used in various chemical reactions. APAC region is one of the largest producers of chemicals.  Furthermore, China not only has the world's biggest earnings from the chemical industry, but it also leads in chemical exports.

European Market Analysis

The Europe market is estimated to hold around 27% revenue share in 2035. The European government has launched various programs for clean water, moreover, the awareness of safe water is increasing among people. In recent decades, urban wastewater treatment has improved throughout Europe. Disulfurous acid is applied as water treatment chemicals therefore its demand will increase in water treatment facilities for the purpose of removing residual chlorines.

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Companies dominating the Global Disulfurous Acid Landscape

    • Asahi Kasei Corporation
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      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Lanxess AG
    • Borealis AG
    • The Syngenta Group
    • Huntsman Corporation
    • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    • SK Innovation Co., Ltd.
    • Koninklijke DSM N.V.
    • Martin Midstream Partners L.P
    • PPG Industries, Inc.

In the News

  • Laxness AG announced the collaboration with Siemens for the procurement of specialist goods for the particular chemicals company's global production sites. This contract will boost the digital transformation at Laxness.  
  • Martin Midstream Partners L.P announced the formation of DSM Semichem LLC in collaboration with Dongjin USA, Inc. and Samsung C&T America in affiliation with Martin ELSA Investment LLC. This new facility will manufacture and supply electronic level sulfuric acid.

Author Credits:  Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 3942
  • Published Date: May 30, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rising expansion of the chemical industry and the rising need for water treatment are the major factors driving the market growth

The market size of disulfurous acid is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~8% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2035.

Hazardous nature of acid and lack of disulfurous acid in the free state are estimated to be the growth hindering factors for the market expansion.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are Lanxess AG, Borealis AG, The Syngenta Group, Huntsman Corporation, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., SK Innovation Co., Ltd., Koninklijke DSM N.V., Martin Midstream Partners L.P, PPG Industries, Inc., and Asahi Kasei Corporation

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by product grade, application, and by region.

The food grade segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.
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