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Updated to Q2 2019
US supply of liquid caustic soda in the second quarter will be constrained by plant maintenance turnarounds in March, April and May. These will occur at about the same time that logistics tie-ups are rectified, releasing pent-up demand from February and March, tightening supply and putting upward pressure on domestic prices. Market players differ in their assessment of how tight the market will get, with most suggesting that there will be enough supply to not affect prices.
Demand during the second quarter will increase for liquid caustic soda as the water treatment and swimming pool season gets into full swing. Better weather will also increase some activity at pulp and paper mills, and cleared logistics tie-ups will allow for smoother export loadings from the Houston area, primarily for the alumina industry. April-May and July-August are usually heavy export months for caustic soda, which may add to the tighter domestic supply.
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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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