Our Caustic Soda reports are published weekly in Asia, China, Europe, Latin America and the US, giving industry participants a truly global view of market movements.
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Caustic soda: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
In the US, June caustic soda contracts rolled over, while July and Q3 discussions are centred on producers’ separately announced increased initiatives of $55-75/dry short ton (dst). Most market participants believe a portion of the proposed hikes will be accepted, although they are likely to be implemented in small increments across the quarter. Capacity cutbacks in the US and Europe are expected to support gradual price increases over the next couple of years.
The European caustic soda market will be affected by stock levels after figures from Eurochlor showed historically low reserves and producers announced Q3 contract price increases. Mercury capacity in Europe is expected to be phased out by the end of 2017. This may lead to availability becoming more of a concern than pricing in the second half of the year.
In Asia, caustic soda availability remains tight, with little to no spot availability from Japan because producers ran their operations at normal rates at the end of June. Supply from South Korea was mixed at the end of the second quarter. Export prices from China are stable amid tight export availability.
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About Caustic soda
Caustic soda is a white, deliquescent solid in various forms with no odour. It is very soluble in ethyl alcohol and water. It is a strong base, reacts violently with acid and is corrosive in moist air to metals like zinc, aluminium, tin and lead forming a combustible/explosive gas (hydrogen). It rapidly absorbs carbon dioxide and water from air while contact with moisture or water may generate heat.
Its main uses are in the manufacture of pulp and paper, alumina, soap and detergents, petroleum products and chemical production. Other applications include water treatment, food, textiles, metal processing, mining, glass making and others.
The production of alumina from bauxite is a major end-use application for caustic soda.
Caustic soda is a basic feedstock in the manufacture of a wide range of chemicals. It is used as an intermediate and a reactant in processes that produce solvents, plastics, synthetic fibres, bleach, adhesives, coatings, herbicides, dyes, inks and pharmaceuticals.
Other uses include the saponification or conversion of fat, tallow and vegetable oils in soap manufacture, and in the manufacture of surfactants for detergents. It is used in the petroleum and natural gas industries to remove acidic materials from hydrocarbons and off-gases. In the textile sector, it is used in the chemical processing of cotton and the dyeing of synthetic fibres.