Global Soda Ash Market Key Insights:
- Types: Natural and Synthetic
- Feedstock: Ammonia, Limestone, Sodium Chloride
- Market Performance & Price Trends 2018
- Market Analysis & Outlook 2019-2024
- Demand by Application & Region
Global Soda Ash Market Outlook
The global soda ash market attained a total volume of nearly 61 million metric tons in 2018. A major driver of the soda ash market is the expanding application of the product in the glass sector where flat glass contributes to over one-third of the global demand followed by container glass. In emerging economies, the flat glass industry is essentially associated with consumption by the construction sector while other types of glass are connected with the automotive industry. Other significant end use sectors include detergents, chemicals and metallurgy.
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Since 2010 global demand has grown by 3.5% per year vs trade growth of 4.3% per year. Rising population and use of detergent and container glass in emerging economies would drive the soda ash market during the forecasted period of 2019-2024 at a CAGR of 2.1%.
Soda Ash: Properties and Applications
Soda ash is an odourless, white crystalline solid belonging to the chlor-alkali family and sourced from trona and sodium carbonate-rich brines. The Green River Basin of Wyoming has the world’s largest trona deposit.
Amidst growing environmental concerns, demand for soda ash has increased for use in sulphur dioxide and hydrochloric acid removal from stack gases. Soda ash usage extends to air cleaning and water softening.
Producers of chemicals employ soda ash as an intermediate to produce soft drink sweeteners and to enhance foods and toiletries (phosphates). Other everyday products that use soda ash include common detergents and paper products.
Several applications of soda ash include:
- Paper Manufacturing
- Soaps and Detergents
- Water Treatment.
Global Soda Ash Market Analysis
Natural soda ash producers enjoy some advantages over synthetic producers in terms of lesser cost of production and smaller ecological impact. Synthetic soda ash generally uses greater quantities of energy and emits more carbon dioxide than the natural kind during manufacture. The natural manufacturing process contributes only a small portion in Asia. GDP growth rates generally dictate the branched-out soda ash markets on the demand side.
Asia’s soda ash market stood at a volume of nearly 22 million MT in 2017. China and India are likely to be the largest consumers over the coming years, with construction, glass products, paper, textiles and cleaning chemicals driving the market.
Presence of alternatives like sodium silicate and caustic soda and environmental policies with respect to manufacturing may be limiting factors for the soda ash market.
The report segments the global soda ash market based on applications in glass sectors, soaps and detergents, chemicals, alumina/metals mining and others.
Soda Ash Market Price Trends
In Southeast Asia, increased demand from glass manufacturers and greater construction activity helped export prices recover in the second half of 2016 after a nine-month low. By Q1 2017, price corrections took place as elevated operating rates translated into higher levels of inventory while demand weakened. A detailed market analysis including the price movement and regional market scenario of the global soda ash market is offered in this report.
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The report presents a detailed analysis of the following key players covering their capacities, market share and latest turn of events such as mergers and acquisitions, capacity expansions and plant turnarounds in the global caustic soda market:
- Solvay Chemicals Inc.
- Tata Chemicals Limited
- Shandong Haihua Co. Ltd
- Tronox Ltd
- Nirma Ltd.
Further, the report sheds light on the macro and micro aspects of industry performance, recent trends, major challenges and key drivers. SWOT analysis, value chain analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis of global soda ash market have been carried out. Manufacturing and processing requirements, cost of the project, project funding, returns on investment and expected profit margins have also been estimated.