26 April 2013 15:25 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS) --The American Natural Soda Ash Association (ANSAC) announced a price increase of $30/tonne (€23/tonne) on soda ash sales, the organisation said on Friday.
ANSAC, the sales and logistics operation for three natural soda ash producers in the US, said the hike was effective immediately for all non-contract sales and on contract sales when notice allows.
"Our growth in sales volume over the last few years is beginning to outpace our ability to load and ship tons in the reliable manner we deem essential," said ANSAC chief executive John Andrews. "Organic growth and buyers moving to us for our service and reliability has resulted in almost 1m tonnes of growth from 2011 to 2013."
ANSAC’s member companies include FMC, Tata Chemicals North America and OCI Chemical.
The companies export about 4m tonnes of natural soda ash, making ANSAC the largest soda ash exporter in the world, according to the group’s website.
Soda ash is primarily used in glassmaking, the manufacture of other inorganic chemicals, detergents, flue gas desulphurisation, water treatment and in pulp and paper manufacturing.
The global flat glass market is largely dominated by four major manufacturers including AGC, Saint-Gobain, NSG and Guardian.
($1 = €0.77)
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