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Updated to Q3 2018
The European caustic soda market tightened in the third quarter as a consequence of lower production year on year and some planned and unplanned turnarounds. Several major producers suffered production issues in northwest Europe, with producer KEM ONE also carrying out a planned turnaround through much of the quarter at half of its French capacity. As a consequence, monthly contract prices rose at the end of September compared to August. However, import offers have remained available, particularly in the Mediterranean, and spot prices have therefore remained in a similar range.
The European caustic soda market was stable in terms of demand in the third quarter. The European economic outlook was more pessimistic compared to the previous year as a result of trade war fears and greater economic instability, including in export markets such as Turkey. There was no immediate impact detected in the caustic soda market specifically. Production of chlorine and co-product caustic soda fell in the early third quarter year on year, but this is likely to have been a consequence of the drop in capacity and the drop in prices for caustic soda and chlorine derivatives.
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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.
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