Soda ash Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS provides independent and unbiased pricing information, news and market analysis for the global Soda ash market. Our network of soda ash price reporters, based in Asia, Europe and the US, deliver local insight for each of these markets, which is published in our individual weekly and daily price reports.
If you buy or sell Soda ash or related products, our reports, news and market intelligence will give you the soda ash prices and analysis of the factors driving the prices that you need to make confident commercial decisions.
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Soda Ash Overview Transcript
Soda ash or sodium carbonate is non-combustible and non-toxic. It is produced predominantly by one of two major routes. The longest established method is synthetic chemical process known as the Solvay ammonia soda process. The second is by the treatment of naturally mined Trona ores.
Soda ash is mainly used in the production of glass, which accounts for around half of global consumption.
Other significant applications are in the soaps and detergents and chemical industries.
The dense grade is used mainly for making glass, while the light grade is used in the detergents and soaps industry.
The Asia soda ash market is generally quite slow moving. The main suppliers to the Asia market are China, the US, and Indian producers
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Soda ash: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
Asia’s soda ash spot prices were expected to prevail on a steady-to-firm trend in the second quarter despite weaker-than-anticipated demand in the key China market on the back of the soft real estate market. This was because of robust demand in Asia for Chinese exports in view of reduced global soda ash overcapacities in the past two years following plant closures and on the back of reduced supply from Europe compared to 2014.
Europe’s soda ash production has been notably reduced following the closure of Tata Chemicals’ Winnington plant in the UK and Solvay’s Povoa plant in Portugal last year.
China exported 329,954 tonnes of soda ash in the first two months of 2015, about 45% more than the export volumes in the first two months of 2014.
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Soda Ash Methodology
About Soda ash
Soda ash (sodium carbonate) is a white powder with no odour. It is stable and is not flammable, explosive or toxic. It is friable and slightly hygroscopic. Dust is slightly irritating to the eyes, mucous membranes and respiratory tract.
Soda ash is produced mainly by two routes. The longest established method is the synthetic chemical process known as the Solvay ammonia-soda process. The second method is by the treatment of naturally mined trona ores.
The main use for soda ash is the production of glass. It is also used in industrial chemicals and detergents. The remainder is used in applications including pulp and paper, water treatment and flue gas desulphurisation.