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About Old world industries

Old World Industries (OWI) was founded by Tom Hurvis and Riaz Waraich in 1973 amid a historic petrochemical shortage. Since then, OWI has evolved into a “Quiet Giant” in the automotive world, with over 2,700 products—including flagship brands PEAK and BlueDEF—and over 50 shipping locations in 50 countries around the globe.

Today, based on decades of trust, OWI maintains strong global relationships with its suppliers, customers and consumers. With a global distribution network and ties to all major retail outlets, OWI’s business partners trust us to deliver. And we do—with a 99.3 percent on-time delivery rate.

 

The chlor alkali Story

Valuable insight. actionable intelligence.

The Chlor Alkali market is changing before our eyes. Never has the buyer had fewer options that they do today—five large producers account for 92% of U.S. Chlor-Alkali capacity. Meanwhile, U.S. imports have been declining steadily since 2012.

At OWI Chlor Alkali, we help chemical buyers control costs in a volatile market by focusing on every factor that affects the price of Chlor Alkali, such as demand, global, national and regional market dynamics and GDP. While producers and other distributors boast hundreds of product lines, we bring a singular focus on the Chlor Alkali industry, providing a core commodity chemical to our customers backed by a dedicated 24/7 customer service team committed to meeting their needs, supportive sales reps and up-to-date, relevant market information.

Our robust supply portfolio is backed by strong ties to Westlake Chemical, one of the industry’s largest producers, as well as other domestic and international sources—ensuring that OWI Chlor Alkali is always ahead of an ever-changing market, supplying you with multiple options when it comes to producing and shipping locations, as well as up-to-date market insights.


Filling the Void: A Story of Consolidation

OWI established the OWI Chlor Alkali Chemical Division in order to help fill the void in the Chlor Alkali marketplace formed by massive industry consolidation.

  1. 2004
    Oxy acquires Vulcan.
    ERCO acquires Pt. Edward, WI facility due to FTC requirements
  2. 2007
    Olin acquires Pioneer
  3. 2008
    KA Steel acquires Liquid Caustic Soda business from Old World Industries (OWI)
  4. 2010
    Univar acquires BCS
  5. 2012
    Olin acquires KA Steel.
    Georgia Gulf acquires PPG Chlor Alkali assets; Axiall formed
  6. 2013
    Axiall purchases Longview, WA facility from Equa-Chlor
  7. 2015
    Olin acquires Chlor-Alkali assets from Dow
  8. 2016
    OWI announces reformation of Chemical Division
  9. 2016
    Westlake acquires Axiall

North American Chlor-Alkali Producers (2006)

10 years prior

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Title: Dow
Percentage: 31%
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Title: Oxy
Percentage: 17%
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Title: Basic Chemicals LLC
Percentage: 5%
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Title: PPG
Percentage: 11%
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Title: Others
Percentage: 13%
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Title: Olin
Percentage: 8%
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Title: Formosa
Percentage: 6%
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Title: Pioneer
Percentage: 5%
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Title: Ga Gulf
Percentage: 3%
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Title: Bayer
Percentage: 3%
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Mfg. Capacity Caustic Soda

15 million DST / year

Source: PPG Marketing

North American Chlor-Alkali Producers (2016)

No new manufacturing capacity expected to be added in coming years.

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Title: Olin
Percentage: 36%
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Title: Oxy
Percentage: 24%
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Title: Westlake / Axiall
Percentage: 19%
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Title: Shintech
Percentage: 8%
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Title: Formosa
Percentage: 7%
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Title: Covestro
Percentage: 2%
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Title: Other
Percentage: 4%
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Mfg. Capacity Caustic Soda

16.9 million DST / year

Source: IHS