Solvay seeks' fair' pricing before bringing supply to the market

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Monday, 16 July 2018

Soda ash producers have been grappling with what they consider weak pricing while profitability has been squeezed by higher coal and energy prices. Solvay believes fair price levels are warranted to incentivize investment in new supply if the market is to avoid the type of sharp price increases seen in other mineral markets, such as lithium.

Solvay is looking for higher soda ash prices before bringing on any further supply to relieve tightness, as it perceives current market levels do not justify further investment in capacity expansion.

"To avoid that soda ash as other commodities, such as lithium, go through 50-100% price increase, fair pricing of...

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