Plant Outages Plague Sodium Hydroxide

April 21, 2022 Unplanned and planned plant outages have been plaguing the Sodium Hydroxide market. Most recently, disasters at two Chlor-alkali producers are causing ripples. A chlorine leak and fire in a Plaquemine, LA plant did not result in any injuries but has disrupted production at a major Chlor-alkali producer. They have declared Force Majeure […]

Sodium Hypochlorite Contends with Chlorine Challenges

February 28, 2022 Bleach (also known as Sodium Hypochlorite) is made from a pale, yellow-green gas known as Chlorine. This gas is created during the Chlor-alkali process, as a “co-product” of Sodium Hydroxide and Hydrogen gas. Although the word ‘Chlorine’ may immediately make you think of the notorious ‘pool smell’, Bleach is not the only […]

Hurricane Ida Another Setback for Supply Chains, But…

September 16, 2021 …On a positive note, Ida was less devastating than the winter storms Uri & Viola last February. (When supply chains have as many problems as they’ve had this year, yeah, we’re looking for the bright side!!) It’s been a rough year for supply chains. Most recently, Hurricane Ida, a dangerous and major […]

Sodium Hydroxide Weathers Another Storm

July 2, 2021 The historic Gulf Freeze in February disrupted supply of many chemicals for months to come. Long-lasting plant outages had major repercussions in the US Sodium Hydroxide market (as well as many others). Rebuilding depleted inventories has been a months-long effort, as production capacities lost continue to be restored. Then, another major weather […]

Polar Storms Paralyze Chemicals

February 19, 2021 MANY chemicals have been severely affected by the winter storms Uri and Viola that rocked the Gulf Coast region this week, including Propylene Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Hydrocarbons, Acetone, Isopropyl Alcohol, P-series Glycol Ethers, E-series Glycol Ethers, Chlorine, Caustic Soda, and Hydrochloric Acid, to name a few. The weather crisis has caused dozens […]

Sodium Hydroxide Market Heats Up

May 12, 2020 As summer nears, the Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic) market is heating up. For three consecutive months, producers have tabled increases, and they appear to be sticking. Here’s how the COVID-19 virus led to a domino effect for Sodium Hydroxide prices… and how the dominoes fell. Amid the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus, […]

COVID-19’s Impact On Chemical Supply Chains

April 8, 2020 The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant impact on chemical supply chains. Here we take a look at some of the chemicals that have been affected: Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol) Sanitization products such as Isopropyl Alcohol have experienced skyrocketing demand. Unfortunately, manufacturers are simultaneously dealing with problems that are preventing them from […]

U.S. Sodium Hydroxide Flows Into South America

June 4, 2019 U.S. exports of Sodium Hydroxide to Brazil have just increased exponentially. The crumbling Pinheiro neighborhood, and the world’s largest alumina refinery, are the reason why. Petrochemical producer Braskem in Brazil has recently shut down salt mining operations following a governmental report citing the salt mines, combined with heavy rainfall, to be the […]

Tariff Hike Will Affect Chemicals

May 10, 2019 Last night, tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of material imported from China increased from 10% to 25%. The increase does include a number of commodity chemicals, and is likely to affect the global market. A few chemicals that could be potentially impacted are: Sodium Hydroxide Titanium Dioxide Acetic Acid Phosphates For […]

Caustic Soda Update

December 18, 2018 Supply: Over the past few years, several factors have led to a global tightening of supply for Caustic Soda. In China, lackluster margins for co-product chlorine and new environmental regulations resulted in steady decline of availability, particularly for US imports. In Europe, the chlor-alkali sector committed in 2001 to phase out mercury-cell […]