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Updated to Q1 2018
European caustic soda supply rose in Q1, particularly in Europe's import markets. In the second half of 2017, almost 800,000 DMT/year of caustic soda capacity was closed, tightening the market and causing a major price spike in both spot and contract material. However, towards the end of Q4 2017, imports into Italy and Turkey rose which helped to fill the gap in availability caused by the closed capacity. This trend continued in Q1 2018, with chlor-alkali production and stocks remaining at a similar level or increasing in Europe in the Q4-Q1 time period, according to data from Eurochlor. As a result, the gap in availability appeared to have shrunk with spot prices and monthly contract prices dipping at the end of Q1.
European caustic soda demand was broadly stable in Q1 compared to the previous quarter. The European economy was relatively strong in late 2017 and early 2018, with robust activity in the construction and manufacturing sectors, according to PMI data from January to March. Early expectations for 2018 were for sub 1% demand growth for caustic soda, according to data from ICIS Consulting.
The European caustic soda report covers movements in the quarterly contract, monthly distribution, domestic spot and import and export markets on a weekly basis, using information taken from key industry players such as producers, buyers, traders and distributors.
We focus on price movements of both liquid and solid grades which are quoted on a dry metric tonne (dmt) basis, demand and supply, and what is happening both upstream and in the wider chlorine market, which is the co-product of caustic soda.
Increasingly, there is a global focus as the Chinese, Indian and African markets consume more and change the balance of demand and supply.
The ICIS report is a useful tool for our subscribers and offers them comprehensive coverage of the market together with current and future trends, the latest shipping fixtures and enquiries and details of spot trades. The report brings up-to-date news in terms of pricing movements, consumer demand and changes to supply such as production updates and outages.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Caustic soda. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Caustic soda, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.