Discusses why the chlor-alkali industry is so important, how it is correlated with GDP, and its demand drivers
Details how chlorine and caustic soda are produced both generally and in detail
Quantifies global production of both chlorine and caustic soda in terms of volume, value and average selling price
Quantifies both chlorine and caustic soda production by region and end use
Looks at effective capacity and capacity utilization for both chlorine and caustic soda by region
Estimates chlorine and caustic soda capacity by region and company
Evaluates ECU cash costs by type and region
Analyzes caustic soda export volumes and prices by region
Forecasts chlorine and caustic soda production and prices to 2022
Examines the competitive environment in the chlor-alkali industry
Profiles the chlor-alkali activities of 11 large and smaller industry players
Additionally, the report contains 48 figures and 24 tables, which provide even more detail on the industry
The chlor-alkali industry, which produces chlorine and caustic soda, is one of the largest chemical industries by value. The applications of its products are so diverse most of all consumer products will have some stage of their production dependent on them.
Chlorine has a wide variety of applications, with its largest being the production of PVC and organic chemicals. Caustic soda is an important component in the petroleum, alumina and pulp and paper industries, and is also used in a wide range of chemical processes.
Despite its maturity, in early 2018, the chlor-alkali industry is on an upswing that is forecast to last through 2022. Capacity constraints in China coupled with no new greenfield capacity in the coming years sets a favorable backdrop for improving supply/demand balances and thus higher prices. As a result, both revenues and profits of suppliers are growing significantly.
For these reasons, a look at the chlor-alkali industry seems warranted. This report is meant to provide that overview.