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Updated to Q3 2020
Chlor-alkali plant operating rates are expected to increase from their drastic lows of the second quarter as demand slowly returns amid recovery of business activity with the reopening of the economy from the coronavirus lockdowns. US producers are increasing production in line with the return of demand for chlorine and chlorine-derived chemicals rather than demand for caustic soda. Supply is expected to move from being tight during the second quarter to balanced from July forward.
Overall demand is expected to slowly regain traction as the economy in the US and global markets emerge from coronavirus lockdowns. But demand for the alumina industry remains a question mark hanging over US chlor-alkali producer decisions. Alumina and aluminium demand for aircraft and automotive uses is a fraction of its pre-coronavirus levels, and that industry is expected to shut refineries and smelters at a steep cost to caustic soda demand.
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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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