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Updated to Q4 2018
Lengthening supply during Q4 2018 sent US spot caustic soda prices lower for both domestic barges and for export parcels. The longer supply was a direct result of an outage at Alunorte, an alunina refiner in northern Brazil that was expected to buy 600,000 dmt out of the US. However, the refiner’s consumption was only half that rate in 2018, displacing an unexpected 250,000 dmt during the last half of the year.
Demand for US liquid caustic soda remained steady in the US domestic market with a slight seasonal decline for water treatment purposes as cooler weather arrived. Spot export demand remained relatively steady for most of the year, but at a lower level than previous years, throwing US production plans out of sync. Demand for pulp and paper production, chemical processing, soap and detergent manufacture and textiles remained steady.
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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 US caustic soda report publishes weekly assessments for spot prices of liquid material, this is for both export and barge prices on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.
The report includes a monthly caustic soda contract price and also tracks quarterly contract levels in the market. We talk to a wide variety of market players, including caustic soda producers, buyers, end-users, traders and brokers.
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On top of the data we receive, we also look at other factors in the US market, such as price movements in the co-product chlorine market and what is happening in the end use sectors.
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