Soda ash production figures debunk maintenance myth

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Official figures from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show a less severe but more prolonged limit on production, suggesting that annual maintenance cannot be the sole reason for the reduction in the country’s soda ash output.

It is a constant challenge to discern what is happening in the Chinese market for those involved in the industrial minerals sector, particularly given the limited amount of published data available.

Chinese soda ash producers are reported to be undertaking annual maintenance at the moment. This has resulted in reduced...

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