UNDERSUPPLIED: Soda ash demand outstripping output

By Michael Greenfield
Published: Thursday, 17 May 2018

It’s a finite balance between supply just meeting demand and moving to an undersupplied market. Demand in the primary end-use market for soda ash - glass - is strong and there is no new soda ash capacity scheduled to come online to meet growing demand, which means the market could be faced with higher prices for the raw material, Michael Greenfield, Industrial Minerals reporter, has found.

The soda ash market showing tightness due to strong growth in end markets. Global demand is growing between 1-3% annually and as much 10-12% per year in the India market, while there is decreasing amounts of Chinese soda ash available for export....

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