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Introduction to the Chlor-alkali Business

Training Workshop | Monday 5 October

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


  • Nick Kovics, Global Director, Bleaching Chemicals, Lithium & Battery Materials MAS, IHS Markit
  • Ana Lopez, Associate Director, Chlor-alkali and Vinyls North America, IHS Markit
  • Lina Suarez, Director, Chlor-alkali North America, IHS Markit
  • Catherine Webster, Senior Analyst II, Chlor-alkali/Vinyls, IHS Markit
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