Squeezed margins: how are derivatives producers making cheap products despite iodine price increases?

By Michael Greenfield
Published: Wednesday, 03 April 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, Michael Greenfield, Market Reporter, finds.

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.

The obvious answer would be to increase...

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