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Calcium Carbonate Prices Demonstrate a Bullish Trend in the European Region

Calcium Carbonate Prices Demonstrate a Bullish Trend in the European Region

Calcium Carbonate Prices Demonstrate a Bullish Trend in the European Region

  • 15-Sep-2022 5:14 PM
  • Journalist: Robert Hume

The expanding global economic challenges have triggered several chemicals' pricing dynamics, including Calcium Carbonate. The surging inflation in Europe and successive interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve in the US have weighed on the global construction sector. Moreover, lockdowns in China, a protracted Russia-Ukraine conflict, and a decline in purchasing appetite from the terminal consumer have directly impacted the benchmark prices of significant energy materials across the European nations.

In the European region, the soaring energy costs have impacted the production processes of the raw materials required for construction purposes. The data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) depicts that the increase in natural gas prices after the fallout between Russia and Ukraine has severely impacted the operations of energy-intensive plants for bulk chemicals and fertilizers. Furthermore, the low water levels on the Rhine have forced barges to load partially, increasing logistical costs for chemical manufacturers as it is a crucial transport lane for Germany and Switzerland, adding to the port congestion in Hamburg, Rotterdam, and Zeebrugge.

The ChemAnalyst data shows that the price trends of Calcium Carbonate in Europe are on a bullish run in the mid-third quarter. The major economies of Europe, Belgium and the Netherlands have demonstrated an increment of approximately 1.8% and 1.7%, respectively, on a monthly basis. On the other hand, Calcium Carbonate prices remained unchanged in Germany amid dampened terminal market sentiments. Moreover, the increased electricity costs have added Euro70/tonne to the downstream cement production cost, resulting in the manufacturing plants' closure.

As per ChemAnalyst, the cascading effect of volatile energy prices and supply chain disruptions will majorly impact the price realizations of Calcium Carbonate in the regional markets. In addition, the improved demand dynamics from the downstream construction sector with the start of the fourth quarter are anticipated to strengthen the market fundamentals of Calcium Carbonate among the traders.

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