Solvay to add 500,000 tpy to soda ash output but still cannot justify greenfield investment

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Solvay is improving plant efficiency to add 500,000 tpy to its soda ash capacity across four sites, amid market tightness, but cannot foresee a good enough return on investment at a greenfield site until “fair” pricing has been achieved.

Belgian producer Solvay is seeking to improve its output of soda ash by 500,000 tonnes per year, primarily across its four major exporting plants by debottlenecking its processes, the company told Fastmarkets on Friday February 22.

But it continues to shy away from greenfield investment in new production assets...

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