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Magnesium Sulfate Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Form (Crystal, Powder, and Granules), By Type (Heptahydrate, Anhydrous, Monohydrate, and Others), By Application (Fertilizer, Pharmaceutical, Automotive, Food & Beverage {Additive, Flavors}, Industrial {Laundry, Dishwashing, Colorant, Others}, Personal Care {Cosmetics, Eye Care Products, Hair Care Products, Others}, Paints & Textiles {Fillers, Others}, Chemical, Water Treatment, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: July 08, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI104119



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The global magnesium sulfate market size was USD 980.4 million in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 1,034.0 million in 2024 to USD 1,583.9 million by 2032 at a CAGR of 5.5% during the 2024-2032 period. Asia Pacific dominated the magnesium sulphate market with a market share of 41.1% in 2023.

Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is a white crystalline magnesium salt usually found in hydrate form. Due to its versatile nature and range of properties, magnesium salt is used in various industries, including pharmaceutical, personal care, food & beverage, and water treatment. The rising consumption in the agriculture industry is the driving factor of the market. The salt is primarily used as a fertilizer to fulfill the magnesium deficiency in the soil. Additionally, the product is also getting consumed by the personal care & cosmetic industry due to its benefits. However, volatility in prices and the adverse effects of the magnesium compound will restrain the market.

The COVID-19 pandemic initially disrupted the market due to production slowdowns across industries. Lockdowns hampered mining and manufacturing, affecting both supply and demand. However, increased demand from pharmaceutical for treating magnesium deficiencies and from the fertilizer industry partially offset the negative impact.

Magnesium Sulfate Market Trends

Growing Popularity of Magnesium Compounds in Personal Care Industry to Offer Growth Opportunities

The increasing adoption of magnesium sulfate in the personal care industry promotes market growth. To combine the self-care and healing characteristics of the magnesium salt, personal care companies are increasingly adopting magnesium compound in their products, thereby surging its demand. Due to muscle pain and joint pain-relieving properties, personal care products such as bath salts use magnesium salt. Furthermore, epsom salt offers several benefits when used for hair improvement. These benefits associated with the salt have helped personal care and cosmetics companies rebrand their products and increase their sales, fueling the market.

Magnesium Sulfate Soars as Sustainable Hero in Crop Yield and Soil Health

In the realm of sustainable agriculture, magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salts, has emerged a crucial role in improving crop output and soil health. As farms prioritize sustainable techniques to fulfill rising food demand while reducing environmental effects, product consumption as a fertilizer is increasing.

Magnesium sulfate supplies vital nutrients to plants, particularly magnesium, and Sulphur, which are required for a variety of physiological processes, such as chlorophyll production, enzyme activation, and protein synthesis. Farmers can solve nutritional deficiencies, promote plant development, and increase crop output and quality by adding magnesium sulfate to their soils. This product also helps to build soil structure, retain water, and regulate pH balance, contributing to long-term soil health and fertility.

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Magnesium Sulfate Market Growth Factors

Surging Demand from Agriculture Industry to Boost Market Growth

Globally, the population is expanding at an unprecedented rate, which has compelled the agricultural output. The excessive and continuous use of agricultural land has reduced soil nutrient content, decreasing crop yield. Due to these factors, magnesium compound is witnessing fueling demand from the agriculture industry. In the agriculture industry, magnesium salt is added as a fertilizer in the soil to correct its magnesium deficiency. Farmers who produce cash crops and vegetables heavily depend on magnesium-rich earth to create suitable crop growth conditions. The salt also has high demand from plant nurseries for efficient growth of potted plants. The population growth coupled with increasing disposable income in developing economies has resulted in dietary changes, thus acting as a global market driver.


Volatility of Prices and Adverse Effects of Magnesium Sulfate to Impact Market Growth

The volatility in prices of magnesium salt is one of the major factors restraining the market growth. The sharp rise in energy prices and raw material costs over the past few years are the prominent factors behind the fluctuation in the overall cost of magnesium sulfate. Additionally, reduction in the availability of high-quality minerals further influences the prices of raw materials. Furthermore, the adverse effects of magnesium compound-based drugs on human health are hindering the product demand. Compound-based drugs have a high possibility of causing hives, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, and swelling of the throat, face or tongue. In addition, intake of salt can affect the absorption of antibiotics by the human body. Hence, such factors will hamper the market growth over the past few years.

Magnesium Sulfate Market Segmentation Analysis

By Form Analysis

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Crystal Held Dominant Share of the Market in 2023 due to Rising Demand from End-use industries

Based on form, the market is segmented into crystal, powder, and granules.

Crystal is estimated to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period and occupied the market's major share in 2023. The growing demand from end-use industries, including building & construction, paints & coatings, and water treatment is the primary factor leading to the segment growth.

The demand for powder form will significantly grow during the 2024-2032 period. Powder form has high demand from the pharmaceutical industry due to its range of applications, including cardiovascular drugs, anticonvulsants, anesthetics, and others. The growth of the granules segment is linked to rising demand for food & beverage, fertilizer, and personal care applications. Changes in dietary habits and rise in disposable income drive the need for granule form for food & beverage applications.

By Type Analysis

Heptahydrate to be Fastest-Growing Segment Owing to Increasing Preference

Based on type, the market is segmented into heptahydrate, anhydrous, monohydrate, and others.

The heptahydrate segment held the largest share of the market and is expected to maintain a leading position throughout the forecast period. Heptahydrate type is commonly known as epsom salt and has a high demand for agriculture-related applications due to the salt being a natural source of sulfur and magnesium. Additionally, heptahydrate type also significantly improves the nitrogen and phosphorus intake by the plants when added in combination.

The consumption of anhydrous magnesium salt is increasing in the chemical and metal fabrication industry. Anhydrous type has a high affinity toward the water from epsomite. Hence, it is an ideal substance during organic synthesis to induce dryness.

The growth of others and monohydrate segments is owed to fueling demand from applications, including textiles, water treatment, and detergents.

By Application Analysis

Fertilizer to be Major Application in the Market Due to Surge in Agricultural Production

Based on application, the market is segmented into fertilizer, pharmaceutical, automotive, food & beverage, industrial, personal care, paints & textiles, chemical, water treatment, and others.

The fertilizer segment held the major magnesium sulfate market share in 2023. The segment's growth is linked to the rising consumption of MgSO4 by the agriculture industry. The growing population, rising disposable income, and dietary habits have fueled the demand for fertilizers.

The rise in demand for the magnesium compound for pharmaceutical application is attributed to its versatile nature. The salt is also known to act as an analgesic for migraine and treat eclampsia and preeclampsia. With the change in lifestyle and hectic work-life schedule, consumers are increasingly choosing processed food products, which is anticipated to fuel the product demand, leading to growth in the food & beverage segment.

The consumption of magnesium sulfate for personal care applications is increasing due to the female population's rise in demand for cosmetic products. Furthermore, the rising trend of personal grooming and high-end lifestyle has fueled the demand for cosmetic products, thereby supporting the market growth.


Asia Pacific Magnesium Sulfate Market Size, 2023 (USD Million)

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In terms of geography, the market can be categorized into North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa.

The market size in Asia Pacific was valued at USD 402.9 million in 2023. The region accounted for the largest share of the MgSO4 market in 2020 and is projected to remain the major region during the forecast period. The market's growth in Asia Pacific is attributed to China, India, and Japan due to their extensive industrialization and urbanization activities. China is the manufacturing hub for various end-use industries such as dyes, textiles, paints, and others. The country's robust manufacturing activities support the regional magnesium sulfate market growth.

Western countries of the region dominate the European market. Expansion of the chemical industry, increasing spending on personal care products, and technological advancements in the agriculture sector are a few factors fueling the product demand.

Factors such as a rise in the spending capacity of consumers and increasing awareness toward self-care and personal care are prominently fueling the product demand in North America. Furthermore, many industries in the region have undertaken projects to improve their water treatment facilities due to changing regulations, which shall boost the demand for MgSO4.

Increasing private & government investment in developing healthcare & pharmaceuticals infrastructure in South America is expected to create a positive environment for the market growth.

The market growth in the Middle East & Africa is owed to increasing population and changing lifestyle of consumers in the region. Furthermore, increasing spending toward the development of the agriculture sector is surging the product demand.

List of Key Companies in Magnesium Sulfate Market

Adoption of Sustainable Practices will Offer Growth Opportunities to Key Players

The competitive landscape of the market is fragmented. Major companies are investing a significant amount toward developing eco-friendly production methods. Several companies have taken initiatives to adopt sustainable practices for raw material extraction. For example, in December 2021, K+S Group committed to the European Union’s principles for sustainable mining.


  • K+S Group (Germany)

  • PQ Corporation (U.S.)

  • China Nafine Group International Co., Ltd (China)


  • Giles Chemical (U.S.)

  • Mani Agro Chem Private Limited (India)

  • Acuro Organics Limited (India)

  • Laizhou Guangcheng Chemical Co., Ltd (China)

  • Global Calcium (India)

  • Laizhou City Laiyu Chemical CO., Ltd (China) 


  • April 2021: K+S sold America's salt business to Stone Canyon Industries Holdings, Mark Demetree and Partners. K+S Group completed the divestment of its America's salt business associated with the Operating Unit Americas to Stone Canyon Industries Holdings LLC and Mark Demetree and Partners at the price of USD 2.93 billion. With the sale of America’s operating unit, the company is taking major steps toward reducing its debt.

  • July 2019: K+S increases capacity for MgSO4 anhydrous. K+S Group expanded its facility at the Wintershall site of the Werra plant to produce larger quantities of magnesium sulfate anhydrous. For this expansion, the company invested USD 38.4 million. This development will enable K+S to further increase its market position in Europe.


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The global magnesium sulfate market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as profiles of leading companies and leading applications of the product. Besides this, it offers insights into the current market trends & dynamics and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.

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Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.5% from 2024 to 2032


Value (USD Million), Volume (Kiloton)


By Form

  • Crystal

  • Powder

  • Granules

By Type

  • Heptahydrate

  • Anhydrous

  • Monohydrate

  • Others

By Application

  • Fertilizer

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Automotive

  • Food & Beverage

    • Additive

    • Flavors

  • Industrial

    • Laundry

    • Dishwashing

    • Colorant

    • Others

  • Personal Care

    • Cosmetics

    • Eye Care Products

    • Hair Care Products

    • Others

  • Paints & Textiles

    • Fillers

    • Others

  • Chemical

  • Water Treatment

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (By Form, Type, Application, Country)

    • U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • South America (By Form, Type, Application, Country)

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Colombia

    • Chile

    • Rest of South America

  • Europe (By Form, Type, Application, Country)

    • Germany

    • France

    • U.K.

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Russia

    • Netherlands

    • Belgium

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific (By Form, Type, Application, Country)

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia & New Zealand

    • South Korea

    • Rest of Asia Pacific

  • Middle East (By Form, Type, Application, Country)

    • Saudi Arabia

    • UAE

    • Israel

    • Rest of Middle East

  • Africa (By Form, Type, Application, Country)

    • South Africa

    • Nigeria

    • Rest of Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 980.4 million in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 1,583.9 million by 2032.

In 2023, the Asia Pacific market value stood at USD 402.9 million.

The market will exhibit decent growth of 5.5% CAGR during the forecast period.

The crystal segment is the leading form in the market.

Surge in demand from the agriculture industry is a major factor driving the market growth.

K+S Group, PQ Corporation, and China Nafine Group International are the major players in the market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2023.

Rising demand for processed foods and growing awareness regarding the health benefits of salt drive the adoption.

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