Squeezed margins: how iodine price increases are causing derivative margins to thin

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Steep increases in price of the raw material have squeezed margins among iodine derivatives producers, while some companies are reported to be producing very cheap derivatives in a bid to gain market share.

Iodine derivatives producers typically make margins of only 5% or less, and the rate of price increases in the iodine market is hurting business so badly that now they are only able to break even on some derivatives products, sources have told Fastmarkets.

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