Asahi Glass and Solvay Soda Ash joint venture expanded

Solvay Soda Ash Joint Venture (SSAJV of Wyoming), a natural soda ash production joint venture in the US between Solvay (Belgium) and the Asahi Glass group, has increased production capacity by about 2…

Solvay Soda Ash Joint Venture (SSAJV of Wyoming), a natural soda ash production joint venture in the US between Solvay (Belgium) and the Asahi Glass group, has increased production capacity by about 20% to around 2,430,000 tons by investing several billion yen. As a result, the quota allocated to the Asahi Glass group will be increased by 70,000 tons to about 500,000 tons. According to the company, the Asahi Glass group will direct nearly 100% of the incremented volume to Japan, as it is scheduled to stop synthetic soda ash production at its Kitakyushu factory by the end of next March. SSAJV does not have a next augmentation plan at moment. Though demand is expected to expand with the Asian market playing a central role, the future supply-demand balance, in the company“s opinion, needs to be analyzed taking into account the emergence of Chinese products.