Introduction to the Global Chlor-Alkali Business

Full-day Workshop | Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm


  • Nick Kovics, Global Director, Inorganics, IHS Markit
  • Hazel Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit
  • Ana Lopez, Associate Director, EMEA Chlor-alkali, IHS Markit
  • Mariana Santos Moreira, Principal Analyst, Chlor-alkali and Bleaching Chemicals, IHS Markit
  • Lina Suarez, Director, Chlor-alkali North America, IHS Markit
  • Lauren Zeiss, Associate Director, EMEA Chlor-alkali, IHS Markit

Chlor-alkali is one of the world’s largest chemical markets – even bigger than the ethylene market. Chlorine and caustic market dynamics impact a broad, diverse range of manufacturing processes and products. Because chlor-alkali chemicals touch so many industries, it’s imperative to have a good understanding of key chlorine and caustic markets fundamentals. This workshop reviews chlor-alkali basics, starting with manufacturing and moving through markets, economics and pricing. Participants in the Workshop will develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors that impact supply and demand balances, pricing, regional markets, economics and the future of the industry, as well as market terminology. Join the Workshop to gain the understanding that will provide you and your company an advantage in chlor-alkali interest

This workshop will cover:

  • Process Technology
    • How are chlor-alkali chemicals made? Chlorine and caustic, KOH, Hydrochloric acid, and bleach.
    • Environmental trends: Membrane v. diaphragm v. mercury cell technology – what does the world use now and why; what will happen in the future?
  • Process Technology – Chlor-alkali Installations
  • Chlor-alkali Economics
    • Regional energy costs
    • Chlor-alkali manufacturing cost structures: by technology, by region
    • Global cost curves, regional competitiveness
    • ECU valuation: What is it and how does it impact the market?
    • Why do Ethylene and PVC integration matter: asset-share economics
  • The Chlor-alkali Market: An Overview of Demand, Supply and Trade
    • Chlorine and caustic derivatives: End uses and use factors
    • Global and regional market overviews: Supply region
  • Tableau Exercise
    • Team challenge on supply, demand and economics
  • The Chlor-alkali Market: An Overview of Demand, Supply and Trade
    • Global and regional market overviews: demand by region
    • Regional growth factors: What segments make up demand by region and what drives the segment growth?
    • Caustic soda trade
    • What impacts trade routes? Why do some things move intercontinentally, but others don’t?
    • Freight costs, tariffs and other factors.
    • Chlorine equivalents trade
    • How is chlorine moved, where does it go, and what factors are involved in trade?
  • Pricing
    • What factors set chlor-alkali prices: Regional and global considerations that impact caustic soda, chlorine and hydrochloric acid
    • ECU price cycles

What Delegates will receive:

  • Networking opportunities, including continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon breaks
  • A printed color copy of the presentations in a workbook, which includes a glossary
  • Certificates of course completion (upon request)