As 2018 draws to a close, we wanted to take a step back and review the events of the last few months and in particular, the last 2-3 weeks. The 2019 “bid season” has been in full swing and as usual, the Chlor-Alkali market never disappoints so let’s dive in and see where we’re at. Read More


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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