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.
Updated to Q1 2020
The outlook for the first quarter is mixed. European caustic soda supply may fall because of lower utilisation, because several players reduced output in the fourth quarter. Spot export prices fell to a 9-year low during the period, and contract prices also came under downward pressure. A force majeure by one producer and strikes in France also caused a delay to deliveries, although availability will improve when this comes to an end.
European caustic soda demand is likely to rise in the first quarter for seasonal reasons. Market players are likely to increase purchases after reducing stock in the fourth quarter, and activity is likely to improve. This may be tempered by uncertainty surrounding the outlook for the European economy in 2020.
We offer the following regional Caustic soda analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Europe Caustic soda marketplace.
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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.
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.
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