China’s soda ash producers face tougher second half of 2015

By Albert Li
Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Chinese production and exports of soda ash have surged in the first six months of this year, thanks partly to scheduled capacity additions as well as a recovery in prices and demand for ammonium chloride. However, declining glass demand and shifts in the ammonia-based fertiliser market make H2 look like a more challenging prospect.

China’s National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the country’s soda ash production fell 0.6% in the first half of this year to 12.8m tonnes, including 5.9m tonnes of glass grade dense soda ash, which also declined 0.6% year-on-year (y-o-y).

Of the total H1 production,...

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