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Introduction to the Chlor-alkali Business

Training Workshop | Monday 5 October | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm US Central Standard Time (CST)

All delegates will receive:

  • Live classroom style interactive training via video 
  • Access to IHS Markit experts during and after the training 
  • Access to on-demand video of training 
  • PDF copy of the full workshop materials available for download after the training
  • Certificate of course completion on 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
Full Workshop Agenda and Instructors:

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM  Opening Remarks 
Hazel Kreuz, Vice President, Global Inorganics IHS Markit
 
8:05 AM - 9:00 AM  Technology
  • Chemistry of chlor-alkali
  • Manufacturing process
  • Storage, handling, transport of chemicals
  • Environmental considerations
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM  Q&A
Instructor: Nick Kovics, Global Service Leader, Chlor-alkali Chemicals
 
9:05 AM - 9:25 AM   Break

9:25 AM - 10:15 AM  Economics
  • Variable cost
  • Fixed cost
  • Investment cost
10:15 AM - 10:35 AM  Econometric Model 

10:35 AM - 10:40 AM  Q&A
Instructors: Lina Suarez, Director, Chlor-alkali Americas, IHS Markit & Catherine Webster, Senior Analyst, Chlor-Alkali and Bleaching Chemicals, IHS Markit
 
10:40 AM - 10:50 AM  Break

10:50 AM - 11:45 AM  Market Fundamentals
  • General demand drivers for Cl – NaOH
  • Main demand segments
    • Caustic
    • Chlorine
11:45 AM - 11:50 AM  Q&A
Instructor: Ana Lopez, Director, Chlor-alkali and Vinyls North America, IHS Markit
 
11:50 AM - 12:50 PM  Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:35 PM  Market Fundamentals (cont’d)
  • Regional dynamics
  • General information about s/d per region per ECU
  • Main Chlor-alkali regions
    • Trade
1:35 PM - 1:40 PM Q&A
Instructor: Catherine Webster, Senior Analyst, Chlor-Alkali and Bleaching Chemicals, IHS Markit
 
1:40 PM - 2:00 PM  Break

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM  Pricing
  • How chlorine is valued in different markets
  • Caustic soda price and the ECU value
  • Chlor-alkali margin
  • ECU price and value trends
2:55 PM - 3:00 PM Q&A
Instructor: Hazel Kreuz, Vice President, Global Inorganics IHS Markit
 
3:20 PM - 3:30 PM Closing Remarks
Hazel Kreuz, Vice President, Global Inorganics IHS Markit
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