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 Q4 2015
The fourth quarter is likely to see settlements of 2016 contracts for soda ash in Europe and the US. Many European players will begin discussions early to mid-quarter. Many producers said they will target increases when they begin negotiations.
Prices in the US will be going up, but it will likely be several weeks before the market sees the extent of the price increase. During the summer, four of the five domestic soda ash producers announced price increases for 2016 business. Soda ash supply has remained tight in the US due to strong summer demand and healthy exports, while in Europe fundamentals are balanced but producers say that the reduction in capacity in late 2014 removed any buffer from the market.
In Asia buyers described a steady-to-soft outlook on pricing, on the basis of a devalued Chinese yuan and a general slowdown in regional economies. However, China’s export prices of light grade soda ash may have limited downside potential as Hou-process soda ash producers in China were likely to keep prices bolstered in a bid to maintain profitability.
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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.