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.
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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 Q1 2015
The US soda ash market will continue to see domestic demand growth on a par with macroeconomic expansion – and likely higher prices– in 2015. Meanwhile, producers are likely to run at their full output capacity without further capital expenditures. US exports may be near their ceiling as well.
US producers are likely to gain slightly higher prices in export markets in Asia and Latin America, and seek market gains in Europe, as well. When figures are tallied later this month, US soda ash exports, which have a production cost advantage in global markets, are expected to total about 6.5m tonnes for all of 2014.
The European soda ash market has so far settled a number of 2015 annual contract prices at an increase from 2014 levels, on the back of reduced European supplies and reasonable demand. At the time of writing, negotiations are continuing for outstanding contracts. With the majority of the market working to annual contracts, once the aforementioned settlements have been completed, the rest of the quarter is likely to see little change.
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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.