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Glass production in emerging economies to drive soda ash demand

Post Time:Sep 13,2010Classify:Industry NewsView:148

Global consumption of soda ash fell by 7.6 percentin 2009 to 44Mt, following growth of 4.2 percent py between 2000 and 2008. Consumers in the glass industry, which accounts for 53 percentof total demand, scaled back purchases during the global economic downturn. The fall was compounded by lower detergent and chemical output, the other major end-uses for soda ash.

Emerging economies have been the growth driver for soda ash over the last decade with rising GDP and urbanisation leading to higher per capita use of products manufactured using soda ash. China was one of only a handful of countries showing a positive increase in soda ash consumption in 2009 and was responsible for 90 percentof world growth between 2000 and 2009. In industrialised economies, however, demand for soda ash has been flat due to the maturity of products using soda ash in the market, as well as substitution and competition pressures, according to a Sept. 13 PR Newswire report.

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