Soda ash latest news

  • September 2015

    World Soda Ash 2015: Chinese soda ash spills further into export markets

    30 September 2015

    Capacity added on the back of growth expectations that failed to come good has forced China to idle some of its less efficient sites and put more material on the world market.

  • Rio launches solar farm to power Queensland bauxite mine

    30 September 2015

    Rio’s new solar plant paves the way for more widespread use of solar energy in mining, as the industry continues to grow, with a subsequent increase in demand for minerals and mineral compounds such as soda ash, silica sand, quartz and silicon carbide, all of which feature in solar panel manufacture.

  • World Soda Ash 2015: Russian glass bubble cracking

    30 September 2015

    Significant investment in Russia's container glass manufacturing capacity looks set to be lost as declines in the country's bottle production, led by changes in its alcohol market, high manufacturing costs and competition for other materials eat into demand, causing soda ash suppliers to bypass the sector.

  • New bill to maintain US soda ash competitiveness

    30 September 2015

    US senators vow to protect industry; demand peservation of 2% royalty and accuse China of unfair trade practices.

  • World Soda Ash 2015: India's fertiliser policy blocks adoption of Hou process

    30 September 2015

    High local energy costs and an industrial concentration of soda ash production in the country's northwest make replacing India's existing Solvay-based capacity with Hou-based facilities a logical step, but according to IHS, a political drive to reduce fertiliser subsidies mean that the ammonium chloride produced as a by-product of the Hou process would be economically unviable.

  • Lithium News in Brief 22 – 29 September

    29 September 2015

    CORFO inspects SQM operations at the Salar de Atacama; Western Lithium timeline update; Tesla launches its first European EV factory.

  • Solvay opens former soda ash plant in Portugal to other companies

    29 September 2015

    The move comes as part of a range of measures to improve the hydrogen peroxide and sodium chlorate site’s long-term competitiveness following the termination of its soda ash operations there two years ago.

  • Tronox introduces additional sodium bicarbonate price increases

    28 September 2015

    In addition to the price increases announced in mid-September, Tronox also plans to raise off-list prices for animal nutrition products in response to higher production costs and more stringent regulatory requirements.

  • Solvay opens largest sodium bicarbonate plant in Southeast Asia

    26 September 2015

    Belgian firm to fill Asian quality gap in response to positive demand in food, health and consumer goods markets, which is supporting strong prices.

  • New bill to maintain competitiveness of US soda ash industry with reduced 2% royalty

    16 September 2015

    With China focussed on upping its soda ash market share, US lawmakers are attempting to level the playing field by keeping royalty rates for American producers low for the next five years. Aside from trying to maintain its competitive edge, the US is also concerned about the environmental cost of increased soda ash exports from China.

  • Anti-dumping duty to rescue India’s caustic soda market

    03 September 2015

    Struggling to compete against low-cost imports from China and South Korea, Indian caustic soda manufacturers are fighting to survive in a market facing sluggish demand. The imposition of an anti-dumping duty could be a beacon of hope for the industry, although some doubt whether it will prove effective.

  • China’s soda ash producers face tougher second half of 2015

    02 September 2015

    Chinese production and exports of soda ash have surged in the first six months of this year, thanks partly to scheduled capacity additions as well as a recovery in prices and demand for ammonium chloride. However, declining glass demand and shifts in the ammonia-based fertiliser market make H2 look like a more challenging prospect.

  • ICI Pakistan announce 150,000 tonne increase in soda ash capacity

    01 September 2015

    A further increase to the soda ash capacity of Pakistan’s largest producer of the mineral comes as positive full-year results see soda ash revenues rise by 13%.