Chinese soda ash: Mission creep

By Laura Syrett, Albert Li
Published: Thursday, 20 August 2015

Rising supply and contracting domestic demand for Chinese soda ash is upping the rate of overspill into exports. IM looks at how this trend is threatening the market share of other exporters, including the highly influential North American trade body, ANSAC.

China’s soda ash industry has set its sights on a larger share of the global market. Although it has scaled back its capacity expansion plans considerably in the last year, production levels are still rising and the country’s producers are looking for external markets to offload material that cannot be consumed domestically....