Workshop

Introduction to Global Chlor-Alkali

Full-day Workshop

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 interests

Offerings:

 

One section offered: Tuesday, 19 March

Time:

 

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructors:

 

Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Inorganics, IHS Markit
Hazel A.B. Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit
Catherine Webster, Senior Analyst Chlor Alkali, IHS Markit
Henry Morecroft, Senior Research Analyst, IHS Markit
Eddie Kok, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global Vinyls), IHS Markit

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 and evening reception.
  • A printed color copy of the presentations in a workbook, which includes a glossary and appendix
  • Certificates of course completion (upon request)

See Agenda