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Updated to Q3 2015
The North American sulphuric acid market had conflicting indications in Q3.
Import levels fell to the low-$60s/tonne CFR from the high-$70s/tonne CFR as low demand from both the US and Latin America weighed on international prices. However, domestic contracts increased $5/short ton as strong domestic demand, and an increase in sulphur allowed producers to realize small gains.
The PotashCorp shutdown of its Geismar acid plant did not have the impact that was expected during the quarter, as little activity was heard. The Mississippi Phosphates shutdown at the end of 2014 was given as one reason the region maintained balance.
Regionally, the US Gulf maintained balance throughout the quarter. The Southeast was balanced-to-long with Rayonier releasing a tender for its 2016 requirements but returning to previous producer Southern States.
The Midwest was fairly quiet, with some tightness as Teck Trail moved production to the more lucrative west coast.
The west coast was tight for most of the quarter, partially due to the drought in California, as well as major producer Kennecott continuing to have reduced supply for the year.
Updated to Q1 2016
The global sulphuric acid market struggled to find balance during the first quarter of 2016, with length persisting in a number of regions.
In Europe, producers continued to come under pressure from alternative supply in regions such as Mexico when doing business with traditional trade partners such as Brazil. However, Morocco continued to take large volumes of smelter acid, with up to 140,000 tonnes imported in most months.
In Asia, Japanese smelters were struggling to place tonnes. Additional production from the ramp-up of Glencore’s PASAR smelter was also contributing to ample supply in the region, but the smelter is yet to reach its new full capacity.
In the US, buyers continued to consume good quantities of acid, with it being one of the few regions that has increased imports of acid. Buyers took advantage of come competitively priced tonnes and continued to receive imports from Europe.
The World Sulphuric Acid Weekly new look report contains 16 benchmark sulphuric acid price assessments and covers international trade across Europe, Asia and the US.
Included in the report are shipping fixtures and smelter outages, along with coverage of upstream sulphur and downstream fertilizers and chemicals. Coverage and attention is also paid to the base metals market and price developments for copper, zinc and nickel. Sulphuric acid import and export statistics are also published.
The report tackles all events likely to impact the global sulphuric acid market, including price developments, trade flows, as well as supply and demand balances.
The information in the report is gathered by talking to suppliers, traders and consumers from around the world, in addition to our own industry experts covering markets related to sulphuric acid.
All these developments are thoroughly analyzed on a weekly basis. The report is beneficial to our customers because it is the most comprehensive analysis of this crucial market.
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