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 Q3 2019
Planned and unplanned maintenances reduced European caustic soda availability in the second quarter and are likely to be resolved by the third quarter. Planned shutdowns at European producers such as Nouryon and Dow were scheduled to end by late Q2, while production issues at Brazil’s Braskem, which tightened the Mediterranean market, were also expected to be resolved within weeks. However, the Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil has also restarted which will temper the longer expectation.
European caustic soda demand is tied to economic trends and GDP growth, with the European economic outlook growing shaky because of increased trade tensions with the US. Specific European markets and export markets such as the UK and Turkey have also seen a more negative outlook as a result of specific factors. There is no major seasonal impact on caustic soda demand for most applications.
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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