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Updated to Q1 2020
China’s anti-dumping duties (ADDs) against PVC material from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the US were removed in late 2019. With major integrated producers from northeast Asia keen to make headway into China, chlor-alkali operating rates are expected to remain high in order to feed caustic soda’s co-product chlorine into the production of PVC. Along with a recent 150,000 dmt/year expansion in South Korea, supply of caustic soda is expected to remain healthy in Asia.
With demand for caustic soda typically correlating to worldwide manufacturing output and the global downstream alumina sector, both indicators saw muted growth in 2019 due to the US-China trade war. While 2020 started on an optimistic note following a trade deal between the US and China in late December 2019, any upwards momentum is expected to remain muted amid fresh tensions between the US and Iran in early January.
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Caustic soda, with its co-product chlorine, is produced via an electrolysis of brine, in the ratio of one part chlorine to 1.1 parts caustic soda.
ICIS publishes a weekly report on the caustic soda liquid market in the Asia-Pacific. The report tracks free on board (FOB) northeast Asia (NE Asia) and cost & freight (CFR) southeast Asia (SE Asia) prices, respectively.
ICIS pricing assesses caustic soda liquid prices on a 100% dry basis and the price range covers products of all grades.
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In addition, prices that relate to the domestic market in China are mentioned in the report. Where relevant, there is information on production issues, as well as plant outages and turnarounds.
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It has been a tough period for chlor-alkali producers as recent months showed a sharp downturn in margins for caustic soda. This scenario threatens to bring to an end the period of strong margins, despite some signs of a limited rebound earlier in Q4 2019. Across all major markets, calculated margins based on the co-production of caustic soda and ethylene dichloride (EDC) have weakened substantially since October 2018.
Like many others, if you are looking for ways to unveil answers to key industry questions then come and join us at the 24th World Chlor-alkali Conference organised by ICIS and Tecnon Orbichem. This 1.5 day event has been a home for key industry players in the value chain, having welcomed hundreds of delegates each year. Take a first look at the key offerings in 2020.