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Global Chlor-Alkali (Caustic Soda/Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorine, Soda Ash/Sodium Carbonate) Market Worth $88.6 Billion by 2017

October 30, 2012

DALLAS, October 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

The report “Chlor-Alkali Market, By Products (Caustic Soda/Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorine,
Soda Ash/Sodium Carbonate), Applications & Geography: Global Industry Trends & Forecasts
to 2017″ defines and segments the global chlor-alkali market by products with analysis and
forecasting of the global volume and revenue. As of year 2012, Asia consumes almost half
of the combined volume of all the aforesaid products followed by North America and Europe.
The major application segments for chlorine are PVC and organic chemicals, for caustic
soda major applications are pulp and paper and organic and inorganic chemicals; whereas
for soda ash glass constitutes the major application segment. Chlorine and caustic soda
are mainly produced using membrane and diaphragm technology with mercury cell process in
phasing out mode. Soda ash is mainly produced using Solvay process.

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The drivers of the industry are identified as high growth in developing regions, high
demand in end-user industries, and high existing production capacities of chlor-alkali
products. Most of the production capacity of chlor-alkali products (Caustic Soda
[http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/chlor-alkali-market-708.html ]/Sodium
Hydroxide, Chlorine, Soda Ash/Sodium Carbonate) exists in Asian region and high growth in
their demand is mainly observed in developing countries. The high production capacities in
the region also give flexibility to the manufacturers to scale up the production depending
upon demand trends. The restraining factors are identified as environmental concerns and
energy intensive operations of the chlor-alkali industry. The issues in the market are
mainly pertaining to that of a maturing industry .i.e. steady growth in mature markets
such as U.S. and Europe, and environmental concerns like carbon and mercury emissions. The
industry players are following strategies such as consolidation and capacity expansion to
address to the demands generated by end-user industries and developing countries.

The major players in Chlor-Alkali market are The DOW Chemical Company (U.S.),
Occidental Chemical Corporation (U.S.), Bayer AG (Germany), PPG Industries (U.S.), Tata
Chemicals Ltd (India), Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd (Japan), Formosa Plastics Corp.
(Taiwan), Solvay Chemicals (Belgium), Ineos Chlor Ltd (U.K.), FMC Corporation (U.S.),
Shangdong Haihua Group Co. Ltd (China), and Ciech S.A. (Poland).

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