Caustic Soda Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Caustic Soda Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
The Asian Caustic Soda market bounced back in Q3 2020 after chlor-alkali rates improved on the back of greater Chlorine demand for producing PVC. Due to slowed domestic consumption, some producers in Asia turned to the export market to ease stock piling inventories. Supply chains in many downstream sectors eased with ease in travel restrictions. Alumina production rates which remained staged to 75% in Q2 showed slight improvement with resurgence in industrial activity. Production rates in other downstream sectors such as pulp and paper, textile printing, dyeing and chemical industries are also returning to norm. Players have reported strong demand from hygiene applications such as bleach and soaps since the start of the year.
North America
The third quarter Chlor-Alkali market outlook remained pressured owing to hurt sentiments in the United States as major Chlor-Alkali producers remained shut throughout the quarter after major parts of the US were put on alert due to Hurricane Laura. Scheduled maintenance turnarounds further exacerbated the supply chain issues. Downstream pulp and paper industries operated at curtailed rates making Caustic prices slip to staggering lows as number of infections continued to surge. The demand for liquid Caustic Soda for the production of flakes has slowed significantly, as producers have been unable to supply cargoes deterred by the economic fallout from the coronavirus slowdowns.

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Caustic Soda manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international market, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence Global Caustic Soda market.
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
Finally, region-specific markets for Caustic Soda are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Caustic Soda (Sodium Hydroxide) is a strong alkali possessing the chemical formula NaOH. Caustic Soda is one of the most popularly used chemicals finding usage either as a raw material or as an auxiliary chemical across myriad industries. Caustic Soda is industrially produced in two forms - lye and solid. Solid Caustic Soda can be processed in the form of flakes or granules at different purity levels. Caustic Soda finds usage in textiles processing, alumina refineries, soap and detergent, paper and pulp industry and as an intermediate for manufacturing a wide variety of organic chemicals such as dyes, pigments, agrochemicals and variety of inorganic chemicals such as sulphites, phosphites etc. Caustic Soda is produced by the electrolysis of brine (solution of sodium chloride i.e. NaCl), using one of three cell types: mercury, diaphragm and membrane cells. During the electrolysis, Chlorine is deposited at the anode while Sodium Hydroxide solution and Hydrogen are produced at the cathode. Being a co-product, the Caustic Soda markets are strongly influenced by the movement across the Chlorine value chains. Because Chlorine and Caustic are the two different products consumed across different industries, manufacturers report facing problems in balancing the demand on a chlor-alkali plant.