ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Caustic soda markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
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Updated to Q1 2017
European caustic soda contract prices were stable-to-firm in the first quarter due to tightness in the previous quarter, with spot price trends varying from month to month.
Caustic soda spot prices fell early in the quarter but regained some ground towards the end of the period due to tighter availability from producers. During the first quarter, Iranian producers became more interested in the European market after the Indian government introduced new antidumping fees which it will introduce early in the second quarter. Iranian exports played a part in capping European caustic soda prices and driving them down at the beginning of the quarter.
In mid-February, Akzo Nobel announced a planned shutdown which will tighten its availability, and the after effects of KEM ONE’s shutdown at Lavera in France, began to materialise. As a result, the caustic soda market has become tighter with prices trending upwards from February into March. Prices, however, have still not regained all of their lost ground compared to late 2016, and are down by 8.5% since the beginning of January.
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.