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White Phosphorus price index

This post is a summary of the White Phosphorus prices. The price developments of White Phosphorus are expressed in US$ prices converted at FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. White Phosphorus price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for White Phosphorus on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of White Phosphorus
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of White Phosphorus
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of White Phosphorus prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the White Phosphorus market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on White Phosphorus

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What is White Phosphorus

Yellow phosphorus, also known as white phosphorus, is a chemical element with the symbol P and atomic number 15. It is a highly reactive, waxy, white or yellowish solid that is commonly used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications.

 

How is White Phosphorus produced

Yellow phosphorus is typically produced through the thermal decomposition of phosphate rock, which is a process that involves heating the rock to a high temperature in the absence of air. The resulting product is a mixture of yellow phosphorus, calcium oxide, and silicon dioxide. The yellow phosphorus is then purified and isolated to produce a pure product.

 

What is White Phosphorus used for

Phosphorus is a chemical element that has a variety of uses, including:

Fertilizers

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plant growth, and is often added to fertilizers to promote the healthy growth of crops.

Food additives

Phosphorus is used as a food additive in a variety of products, including soda, processed meats, and cheese. It is added to enhance the flavor and texture of these products.

Pesticides

Phosphorus is used in the production of some pesticides, which are chemicals used to control pests such as insects and weeds.

Industrial chemicals

Phosphorus is used in the production of a variety of industrial chemicals, including detergents, flame retardants, and plastics.

Medicine

Phosphorus is used in the production of some medications, including antacids and laxatives.

Other

Phosphorus is also used in the production of phosphor, which is used in the production of fluorescent lamps and LCD screens, and in the production of match heads.

 

Further reading

 

Trade information

According to https://oec.world/ :

Phosphorus are the world’s 2474th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Phosphorus were Vietnam ($251M), Kazakhstan ($213M), United States ($39.8M), Poland ($25.8M), and Russia ($21.1M).

In 2020, the top importers of Phosphorus were India ($115M), Germany ($95.2M), Poland ($72.9M), Japan ($62.9M), and Czechia ($38.3M).

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