Soda ash, the trade name for sodium carbonate (Na2CO3), is a white, anhydrous, powdered or granular material. It is an essential raw material used in the manufacturing of glass, detergents chemicals and other industrial products. Today, "natural soda ash" refined from the mineral trona is regarded as the standard for quality and purity and is also processed from sodium-carbonate-bearing brines. Sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) also known as washing soda or soda ash, is a sodium salt of carbonic acid. Most commonly occurs as a crystalline heptahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate.
The global soda ash industry is undergoing significant structural change, characterised by shifting capacity, the impact of rising costs for synthetic soda ash producers and developments in its core markets. Changes in soda ash markets, including the way some counties export wine without bottles, are setting new trends in the worldwide soda ash industry. Worldwide average demand for soda ash is expected to increase by 3.3% per year between 2014 and 2024, IHS’ analysis shows, driven by increased consumption in the recovering construction and automotive industries, with China, the world’s largest soda ash producer, contributing almost 4% year-on-year growth to 2024. Which facilitates the development of new technologies and ensure a high quality product.