Sodium carbonate, a white powder soluble in water, is an important organic chemical raw material. Sodium carbonate is mainly used in the production of glass, glass products and ceramic glaze. It is also widely used in washing products, acid neutralization and food processing.
Sodium Carbonate Market in China
In 2019, the sodium carbonate market in China shows a
downward trend in general. This week, the market price continued the decrease. The
sodium carbonate market shows the trend of oversupply due to stable outputs and
adequate inventories from the upper stream enterprises but weak demands from the
The trading atmosphere is tepid, and many traders hang on in
the hope that the market will improve. However, the stable procurement from glass
industry is difficult to make a breakthrough, moreover, the work load from some
plants are gradually increased, the production will be further increased, and
some areas may be affected.
Sodium Carbonate Supply
Sodium carbonate supply exceeds demand, which would surely
lead to a price decrease. This week the operation rate of sodium carbonate is
around 84%, and the shut-down maintenance of some enterprises have no
substantial influence. On the other hand, the transportation is affected by the
snow season in the Northwest region which brings inconvenience to the shipments.
So many factories are facing inventory pressure and the market as a whole is
Sodium Carbonate Demand
The downstream market shows a weak demand. Due to the
environmental protection policies, the glass industry shows a decreasing trend.
Besides, the washing industry is also under pressure, the traditional brand
market competition is fierce and the market share is divided, inorganic salt
industry has temporarily little change. Therefore, the downstream market may be
difficult to change and will keep a weak trend in a short term.
Sodium Carbonate Price in China
The price of the domestic sodium carbonate shows a decreasing
trend in general. The mainstream price for light alkali varies between 1,500
and 1,550 Yuan/Ton, and the price for heavy alkali between 1,750 and 1,850
Yuan/Ton. The light alkali price in North China is between 1,700-1,750
Yuan/Ton, in East China between 1,480-1,700 Yuan/Ton, in Middle China between
1,450-1,600 Yuan/Ton, in Northwest China between 1,400-1,830 Yuan/Ton.
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