The soda ash markets are reported weekly by ICIS in an Asia report and a global report. Both reports cover the dense and light grades, though Asia tends to focus in spot, while Europe and the US have contract prices.
This market news and analysis gives intelligence on market overviews, graphs, production data, freight rates and any other key factors influencing the market and prices at the time of publication. Whether you are buying or selling soda ash this useful business tool will give you confidence to make decisions about the market.
Updated to Q3 2017
In Asia, suppliers of Chinese material were generally optimistic in their pricing outlook for the third quarter, as the September to October period typically signals the peak demand season from the downstream glass sector. Reduced soda ash output at some plants mandated by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection after environmental impact inspections further curtailed supply.
The European soda ash market has been awaiting the opening of Star Kazan Soda Elektrik’s new Turkish plant which will begin its first phase of operations in August 2017. The facility’s total capacity will be 2.5m tonnes/year and some have said that annual contracts settled in the first quarter of 2017 were already under downwards pressure due to the site.
The US natural soda ash market outlook for the third quarter remains positive from slightly increased production from trona mines in Wyoming and a small price increase at the beginning of 2017. US producer Tronox announced plans to sell its soda ash operations for $1.64bn to fund another acquisition. Demand for natural US soda in Asia is expected to be impacted by new Turkish production of 2.5b tonnes in 2018.
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Soda ash (sodium carbonate) is predominantly produced by one of two major routes.
Soda ash (sodium carbonate) is a white powder with no odour. It is stable and is not flammable, explosive or toxic. It is friable and slightly hygroscopic. Dust is slightly irritating to the eyes, mucous membranes and respiratory tract.
Soda ash is produced mainly by two routes. The longest established method is the synthetic chemical process known as the Solvay ammonia-soda process. The second method is by the treatment of naturally mined trona ores.
The main use for soda ash is the production of glass. It is also used in industrial chemicals and detergents. The remainder is used in applications including pulp and paper, water treatment and flue gas desulphurisation.