Soda ash: rising from the economic cinders

By Emma Hughes
Published: Friday, 21 December 2012

The financial downturn that has plagued manufacturing industries around the world for almost four years is finally drawing to a close. Yet, while economies were beginning to lift towards the end of 2012, many core mineral-consuming industries remained weakened in the aftermath of the downturn – and soda ash was no exception. IM digs down into this topic to uncover the true impact of this recession. Emma Hughes, Deputy Editor

Soda ash was largely affected by the economic struggles experienced since 2008, especially given that many of its end markets, made up of staples such as glass, detergents and chemicals, were hit by a crash in the housing market.

Weak end-user demand ensuing from the global economic downturn has had...

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