Sodium carbonate is an inorganic compound containing a sodium salt of carbonic acid and has an alkaline taste. It is also known as washing soda and soda ash. Sodium carbonate is primarily used as a cleaning agent, and can also be used as a common additive, bonding agent and electrolyte in the glass and brick industries.
China is the largest sodium carbonate producer in the world. The sodium carbonate output was seeing a steady increase year by year before 2017. In 2018, the output of sodium carbonate was 26,205,000 tons, decreased by 2.11 % from a year earlier.
From the export perspective, sodium carbonate export has slipped since 2015. In 2018, the export has seen a 9.21% YoY decrease and plunged to 1,380,000 tons, meanwhile the export value was 343.854 million dollars which was at the same level of 2017.