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As Demand Rises, Chlor-Alkali Industry Responds With Growth in Capacity
Wednesday January 3, 10:23 am ET

HOUSTON, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Demand growth for chlorine in Asia, primarily China, will be the driving force for additional chlor-alkali capacity, reports Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) in their recently completed 2007 World Chlor-Alkali Analysis. This annual analysis provides clients with a comprehensive outlook for global chlor-alkali markets for the period 2001-2011. Topics covered in this analysis include capacity, supply, demand, trade, prices, profitability, technology and production costs. Supply/demand information is also available in CMAI's new online Supply/Demand database and is updated twice per year. Clients will find this to be a necessary tool for their strategic business decisions.

What is the forecast for global chlorine capacity and demand for the next 5 years?

From 2001-2006, capacity in Northeast Asia increased by 7 million metric tons, while the rest of the world declined by almost 1 million metric tons. The real impact will be in the next five years as 9 million metric tons of capacity is scheduled to be brought on-stream globally, with almost 90 percent of the new capacity projected to be in Northeast Asia, specifically China. Chlorine demand in Northeast Asia is forecast to increase by five percent per year, compared to growth in the rest of the world of about one percent per year.

Which global regions will be key exporters of caustic soda?

Northeast Asia became the world's largest net exporter of caustic soda (aqueous and anhydrous) in 2005 with caustic soda exports increasing at a rate of over 11 percent from 2001-2006. This trend is forecast to continue for the next five years. The Middle East will grow its net caustic export position after the next major chlor-alkali capacity increase in 2010. Conversely, North America will reduce its net caustic export position, focusing on local regional markets. Who will be the main importers of alumina?

The largest increase in net imports of alumina will be in Africa, as the region brings on-stream a large amount of aluminum smelting capacity during the forecast period. Southeast Asia and South America will supply the alumina to meet this new import demand. Northeast Asia's alumina imports increased steadily from 2001 to 2006, but new capacity in that region is expected to greatly reduce the region's dependency on imported alumina over the forecast period.

The 2007 World Chlor-Alkali Analysis is available in book or CD-ROM format. The study covers ten global regions and more than fifty countries and also includes supply/demand forecasts, technology analysis, trade, price forecasts as well as other issues that affect the chlor-alkali industry. Online Capacity and Supply/Demand databases create a full spectrum of analysis pertinent to these markets. For example: clients to the 2007 World Chlor- Alkali Analysis will have access to CMAI's online capacity database to look up each plant site in China (and all other countries around the world) for 12 months.

CMAI is a petrochemical, plastics and fibers consulting firm that services a wide range of companies all over the world. Since 1979, CMAI's goal has been to provide accurate, timely consulting services for the worldwide industries that it covers. CMAI maintains offices in Houston, New York, London, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Singapore and Shanghai. Clients to CMAI services include chemical and oil companies, engineering & construction companies, forest products companies, mining & metals companies, banking and financial institutions, plastic converters, grocers/retailers, government agencies and trading companies.

Source: Chemical Market Associates, Inc.

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