We know it has been a while since we last posted, but there has been a lot of uncertainty in the market and now that the picture has cleared up a bit, we would like to give you an idea of where the dust has settled. Despite multiple price increase announcements for Q3 and Q4 and more likely in Q1 2020, pricing has continued to drift south and drift south in a hurry. Read More


With caustic soda pricing steadily rising over the last 2 years, and with no new capacity scheduled to come online in the foreseeable future, the upward pricing trend looks as though it will continue unchecked.  Robust exports and limited imports have given the US chlor-alkali producer the ultimate pricing power and tightened the US market despite plants operating at 94%+ utilization.  Read More


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For most of Q1 and for the first time in many years, the export price fob USGC was higher than the spot domestic price for barges.  This changed in April as producers pushed through the majority of the announced increase but the significance of this cannot be overstated.  Global supply constraints coupled with international alumina demand pushed the Export price up and up and up and the domestic producer was more than happy to export all they could. Read More


The 2016 caustic soda market consisted of price increase announcements totaling $210 - $295 DST depending on the producer.  The “IHS Contract Low price fob USGC” increased by $110 DST or 19%; while the “IHS Spot Low price fob USGC” increased $140 DST or 56%.  There is a full breakdown of the various increase announcements along with corresponding IHS price index movements on the OWI website. Read More


Import and export trends have shifted dramatically over the past two to three years, narrowing the supply/demand balance here in the US. Read More
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