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Global Chlor-Alkali Conference 2019

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Introduction to the Chlor-Alkali Business

Training Workshop | Wednesday, 11 September | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

All delegates will receive:

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

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
  • 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


  • Nick Kovics, Global Director, Bleaching Chemicals, Lithium & Battery Materials MAS, IHS Markit
  • Lauren Zeiss, Associate Director, Chlor-alkali EMEA, IHS Markit
  • Ana Lopez, Associate Director, Chlor-alkali and Vinyls North America, IHS Markit
  • Mariana Santos Moreira, Principal Analyst, Chlor-Alkali and Bleaching Chemicals, IHS Markit
  • Lina Suarez, Director, Chlor-alkali North America, IHS Markit
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