14 April 2011 16:25 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Conditions are right to increase soda ash prices in Europe because of rising costs and healthy demand, France-based producer Novacarb said on Thursday.
On 31 March, Novacarb announced a 10% price increase for light and dense soda ash, effective for second-quarter and biannual contracts. However, the company has achieved little more than €10/tonne ($14/tonne) so far for second-quarter settlements, a company source said.
The source added that high energy costs are eroding margins and, with global demand for soda ash picking up because of the economic recovery, Novacarb believes it is necessary to implement the price initiatives now.
“The timing is critical as costs are exploding and business is good,” the source said.
However, customers said growth in Europe is far slower than in Asia and ?xml:namespace>
Buyers agree that the European market is oversupplied, saying they are able to source all the material they need.
Novacarb noted that demand for dense soda ash in
Dense soda ash is currently priced at $315–345/tonne (€217–238/tonne) FOB (free on board) NWE (northwest
Novacarb operates a 600,000 tonne/year soda ash production plant near Nancy,
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