CEH: Chlorine/Sodium Hydroxide (Chlor-Alkali) Report

CEH: Chlorine/Sodium Hydroxide (Chlor-Alkali)

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Apr 2020. Chlorine and caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) are two of the most important commodity inorganic chemicals, and together are normally referred to as chlor-alkali. A majority of chlor-alkali capacity is built to supply feedstock for the vinyl chain (EDC, VCM, PVC), and is typically consumed near the point of manufacture. Caustic soda is generally produced as a coproduct, and any surplus is supplied to the export market. Chlorine demand is driven by the construction sector, while caustic soda demand is driven by the manufacturing sector. The Minamata Convention on mercury, which entered into force on 16 August 2017, restricts/reduces the use of mercury and will impact both chlor-alkali production (phaseout of mercury cell process) and consumption (restrictions on China's acetylene-based PVC industry). The vinyl chain represents about one-third of total global chlorine consumption, with China alone accounting for 10–15%. China will continue to drive the global market.

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  • Publish Date: 2020-04-30
  • Chemical Focus: Chlor-Alkali, Inorganics and Mining Materials
  • Number of Pages: 282
  • Content Type: Report
  • Delivery: Email with link to PDF file


    • Global summary; regional coverage
    • Producers with annual capacities and plant sites
    • Consumption and five-year forecast by end-use application
    • Price and production figures and trends
    • Trade imports and exports

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