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Updated to Q4 2016
European caustic soda prices rose significantly in Q4, continuing the trend seen in Q3, as a result of tighter domestic markets and limited imports.
KEM ONE’s plant at Lavera, France was running at reduced rates for most of the second half of 2016 due to its upcoming conversion from mercury/diaphragm to membrane production, with the plant now shut down until January.
In addition, there were long-running force majeures at several plants of the chemical major INOVYN, and also at one plant of the smaller producer Vinnolit. These combined to tighten both the domestic spot and contract markets.
Low levels of imports due to reduced production in Egypt and limited availability from the US have squeezed availability in import markets in the Mediterranean such as Italy and Turkey.
Average run rates are also just over 4% lower than the whole-year average in December as a result of the weaker overall demand for PVC, a major derivative of co-product chlorine, although this trend is partially cancelled out by lower business activity and destocking around the end of the year.
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.
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