Sodium Hydroxide:
Also called lye and caustic soda, sodium hydroxide is a chemical building block and is the primary base used to make sodium salts and other bases.

Market Dynamics:
Sodium hydroxide is a co-product of chlorine gas manufacturing, with chlorine being the economic driver. The key market for chlorine is PVC/construction; when the construction market is down, chlorine (and sodium hydroxide) production is reduced. Therefore, sodium hydroxide availability is dependent upon the construction market. 

Up Stream Materials/Building Blocks:
Sodium Chloride

Chlorine Gas (co-product

Down Stream Materials Consuming Sodium Hydroxide:


pH regulation

Aluminium production

Oil&Gas bentonite mud systems

Oil&Gas caustic washing to remove sulfur

Raw Materials:

Calcium Hydroxide
Disodium Phosphate
Docusate Sodium
EDTA Sodium Salt
EDTA Tetrasodium
Ethylene Diamine Acid Disodium Dihydrate
Lithium Hydroxide
Potassium Hydroxide
Sodium Acetate
Sodium Ascorbate
Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Bicarbonate
Sodium Bisulfate
Sodium Borate
Sodium Bromide
Sodium Caprylate
Sodium Carbonate (soda ash)
Sodium Citrate
Sodium Cobaltinitrite
Sodium Dichromate
Sodium Dithionite
Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
Sodium Fluoride
Sodium Formate
Sodium Gluconate
Sodium Iodide
Sodium Lactate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Meta-Bisulfite
Sodium Meta-Periodate
Sodium Meta-Silicate
Sodium Molybdate
Sodium Nitrate
Sodium Nitrite
Sodium Nitroferricyanide
Sodium Perchlorate
Sodium Peroxide
Sodium Persulfate
Sodium Phosphate
Sodium Pyrophosphate
Sodium Pyruvate
Sodium Stannate
Sodium Sulfate
Sodium Sulfide
Sodium Sulfite
Sodium Tartrate
Sodium Thiocyanate
Sodium Thiosulfate
Sodium Tripolyphosphate
Tetrasodium ethylenediamine
Tetrasodium ethylenediaminetetraacetate