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Updated to Q4 2016
The US liquid caustic soda market continued to see snug supply and rising prices during the fourth quarter.
Winnowing production in China and Europe helped increase demand for US spot exports and spot export prices pushed up by $50/dmt (dry metric tonne) during the period.
The larger export volumes tightened US domestic supply and helped push US contract prices up by $40/dst (dry short ton).
This came as Westlake completed its $3.8bn acquisition of Axiall to become the third-largest US producer of chlor-alkali and the second-largest producer of polyvinyl chloride.
The acquisition left only five US chlor-alkali producers and four PVC producers, giving producers better pricing power.
US exports of liquid caustic soda are up by 26% for 2016, through the first 10 months of the year, according to the latest government foreign trade data. That is likely to continue to grow in 2017 as lower production capacity in Asia and Europe gives US producers further foreign sales opportunities.
The US caustic soda report publishes weekly assessments for spot prices of liquid material, this is for both export and barge prices on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.
The report includes a monthly caustic soda contract price and also tracks quarterly contract levels in the market. We talk to a wide variety of market players, including caustic soda producers, buyers, end-users, traders and brokers.
ICIS determines the status of the market through extensive polling of market participants to establish a solid picture of where the price ideas are.
On top of the data we receive, we also look at other factors in the US market, such as price movements in the co-product chlorine market and what is happening in the end use sectors.
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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