Caustic soda prices stabilise at record levels

Source: EUWID
17 Apr 2018 − 

Industry insiders expect market in Western Europe to cool down and ease slightly.

The last round of negotiations on caustic soda (NaOH) prices for the first quarter of 2018 was decided quickly and resulted in massive hikes. In comparison, talks on prices in the second quarter are much more relaxed. Although supply of NaOH in Europe is still far from being plentiful, output and deliveries have clearly stabilised, say concurring reports from EUWID respondents.

According to market insiders, NaOH price hikes have reached the end of the road. Only a number of deliveries will see prices for 50% caustic soda solution based on 100% concentration increase in April. Caustic soda producers were seeking to even out the price level on the market and consolidate high prices even for large buyers from the paper industry.

This article is an excerpt from EUWID's quarterly report on the caustic soda market in Western Europe. The EUWID Price Watch Caustic Soda Western Europe for the first quarter 2018 will be published in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue 16.2017 on 18 April.

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