Chapter 14. Soda Ash and the Glass Industry

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr
  1. Andrew F. Zeller

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470312841.ch14

Proceedings of the 50th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 1,2

Proceedings of the 50th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 1,2

How to Cite

Zeller, A. F. (1990) Soda Ash and the Glass Industry, in Proceedings of the 50th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 11, Issue 1,2 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470312841.ch14

Author Information

  1. Chem/Minerals Marketing Services Media, PA 19063

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1990

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374894

Online ISBN: 9780470312841

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Keywords:

  • consumption;
  • solvay process;
  • extracting;
  • expansions;
  • monohydrate

Summary

Soda ash is the most critical of glass raw materials in terms of cost, and its supply and demand is of importance to the glass manufacturer. The glass market is the largest end use of soda ash, accounting for 52% of total domestic consumption; however, glass container demand is declining due to competition from PET plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and from recycled cutlet. An overview of the cosmetic and export markets for soda ash, and the industry capacity, including incremental expansions announced by U.S. producers, indicates that supply will be ample through the mid 1990s.