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Updated to Q4 2020
Supply is expected to grow during Q4 as producers increase chlor-alkali output to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC), for which demand has increased throughout Q3. October is typically a month when many US plant maintenance turnarounds are conducted. Output will grow also in November as Westlake recovers production at its 1.29m tonne/year plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, knocked out by Hurricane Laura in late August.
Demand is likely to hold relatively steady. An uptick from the pulp and paper industry expected on increased retail shipping volumes during the holiday season is likely to be offset by a decline of demand for municipal water treatment as the weather cools. Demand to the alumina industry is expected to remain steady at its slightly weakened level through the quarter and well into 2021. Demand for chemical manufacturing and refinery operations is expected to remain constrained by economic factors through the quarter.
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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.
ICIS determines the status of the market through extensive polling of market participants to establish a solid picture of where the price ideas are.
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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