Caustic soda: Corrosion or progression?

By IM Staff
Published: Friday, 18 March 2016

The alumina industry is the largest consumer of caustic soda, but smelter closures across the world are threatening to eat into this market, while regulatory pressures on the chemical’s production are also forcing change in the industry.

The caustic soda industry is shifting under the influence of new market and regulatory influences, most of which mean higher production costs and slower demand growth for the chemical – also referred to as sodium hydroxide.

Caustic soda, along with hydrogen, is produced as a co-product of the chlor-alkali process (electrolysis...

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