Soda ash faces new market forces

By Laura Syrett
Published: Tuesday, 12 May 2020

As the global soda ash industry adjusts to shifts in market fundamentals, Laura Syrett considers the outlook for the mineral’s key sectors and emerging applications.

Soda ash (sodium carbonate, or Na₂CO₃) continues to be one of the world’s most widely-used inorganic chemicals. It is used in glass-making, soap and detergent production, flue-gas de-sulfurization, textiles, chemical processing and food, and more recently in lithium carbonate production and the recycling of lead-acid batteries.

Soda ash end-use markets in 2019

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