Soda ash factories continue production as flat-glass furnaces go on hot-hold

By Michael Greenfield, Michael Greenfield
Published: Thursday, 09 April 2020

Soda ash factories in Europe were continuing to produce material at regular volumes, having been deemed essential business, but key end-markets for their output have stopped consuming because glass production has fallen to a bare minimum.

Sodium bicarbonate, a dry-store food product, is made from soda ash, which itself has pharmaceutical applications. This was why producers were allowed to run factories at their normal levels when restrictions were brought in to combat the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe.

But an already-weak glass sector has...

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