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U.S. Caustic Soda Market Tight Despite High Operating Rates

10:08 AM MDT | October 31, 2007 | Rebecca Coons

U.S. chlor-alkali producers recently implemented a $30/ton increase for caustic soda, citing tight supply. Inventories are low and spot availability is scarce, one producer says. The increase surprised some customers, who say high operating rates in the third quarter, flat U.S. demand, and economic downturns in several caustic soda end markets should reduce supply pressures. Overseas consumption of U.S. product has increased, however, which may explain the tight market, sources say. Operating rates never dipped below 95% throughout the third quarter, trending...

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