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Updated to Q2 2020
European caustic soda availability is expected to tighten in Q2. Demand for co-product chlorine is expected to fall as a result of the weakness of the construction and automotive markets following the coronavirus pandemic. This may cause decreased chloralkali utilisation rates with a consequent drop in caustic soda production, with some indications of this beginning in March 2020. Some planned maintenance turnarounds are also scheduled to continue from late Q1 to early Q2.
Demand trends will be mixed in Q2 depending on application. The global economy is expected to be severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, reducing caustic soda demand in applications such as chemical production and alumina. However, demand for hygiene applications such as soap and detergents is likely to be boosted by the pandemic in Q2. The majority of sources expect that demand will be stable or lower as a consequence of these combined effects.
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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.
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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.
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