Global Caustic Soda Category - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

This procurement report on caustic soda offers key insights on the best practices for supplier selection and the strategies for category management.

  • Published: Nov 2017
  • Pages: 93
  • SKU: IRCMSTR14733
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Key Features of Report


Supply Market Insights
Procurement Best Practices
Cost Saving Opportunities
Pricing Models
Negotiation Strategies
Category Risk Analysis
Key Supplier Analysis
Supplier Capability Matrix


Caustic Soda - Category Spend Analysis


According to analysts at SpendEdge, the rising focus on recovery of precious metal from e-waste is a key growth driver for the caustic soda industry. The global e-waste recycling market is expected to grow rapidly by 2021 due to increasing focus on recycling of wastes by governments worldwide to reduce the discharge of chemicals and heavy metals into the environment. Also, e-waste contains precious metals such as gold, silver, palladium, platinum, and rhodium. The recycling of e-waste helps to recover these precious metals, and the lucrativeness of returns prompts players to enter the market. Caustic soda is used in the recovery of precious metal from e-waste in an environment-friendly way. Hence, the rapid growth of the e-waste recycling market is expected to drive the global caustic soda market over the forecast period.

The demand for caustic soda in Africa is experiencing an upward trend and the consumption is expected to grow by 2021. This is due to the strong presence of manufacturers of soaps and detergents, mining industries, and water treatment industries in the region, where caustic soda is utilized extensively in these industries. In addition, the positive business sentiment of investors toward Africa due to efforts by governments to improve the environment for private investors is resulting in investments by multinationals in countries such as Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Uganda. These efforts include engaging in dialogues with bodies such as the OECD Development Center to devise national development strategies. These above-stated factors are likely to augment the growth of the caustic soda industry in Africa during the forecast period.

Caustic Soda - Procurement Best Practices


Buyers should adopt best practices that can help them effectively select suppliers that can cater to their requirements during fluctuations in demand. Hence, they should assess the scalability of suppliers prior to engaging with them. Also, buyers should engage with vertically integrated suppliers, as this will ensure that chances of delays in procurement of raw materials by suppliers is eliminated. It will ensure the quality of procured product as well as enhance the negotiation margins for buyers.

One of the procurement best practices for buyers is to procure from suppliers that facilitate shipment of caustic soda in anhydrous form. Buyers prefer to procure from suppliers that provide caustic soda in anhydrous form, as it reduces the volumes that need to be transported due to the elimination of water content. This reduces chances of spills and leakages as well as leads to savings in transportation costs. Anhydrous caustic soda can be transported in various forms such as flakes, beads, compounders, and solid castings. Buyers can add water to the anhydrous form of caustic soda at their facilities to form solutions of required concentrations.

Caustic Soda - Procurement Challenges


Buyers face difficulty in selecting the right grade of caustic soda due to lack of know-how regarding the difference in concentrations of impurities in different grades of caustic soda. Hence, buyers should engage with suppliers that provide transparency on raw materials used in their products. This is important as the quality of caustic soda depends on the quality of brine solution used in its production. The sum of calcium and magnesium present in the brine must be less than 20 ppb in 30% of sodium chloride to ensure the quality of caustic soda.

According to this procurement report, one of the key procurement challenges faced by buyers is the difficulty in selecting appropriate grade of caustic soda. Difficulty in selecting the appropriate grade of caustic soda as per end-use application by buyers due to lack of technical know-how about the product can result in the purchase of an improper product that does not cater to the application-specific requirements. Lack of technical knowledge refers to limited understanding of different grades of caustic soda with respect to degree of concentration and their compatibility in end-use applications. This can compel buyers to hire technical experts with comprehensive knowledge about the product to aid in the selection of appropriate grade, which can increase their procurement costs.


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  • TAKEAWAY 01 | Market Overview
  • TAKEAWAY 02 | Demand and Supply Snapshot
  • TAKEAWAY 03 | Key Market Dynamics
  • TAKEAWAY 04 | Supply Market Highlights
  • TAKEAWAY 05 | Pricing Insights
  • TAKEAWAY 06 | Procurement Insights


  • Category Definition
  • Research Methodology


  • Category Spend Analysis
  • Category Maturity by Regions
  • Demand-Supply Shifts
  • Regional Demand-Supply Snapshot
  • Market Developments
  • Regional Impact of Trends
  • Key Category Growth Drivers and Corresponding Regional Impacts
  • Major Category Growth Constraints and Corresponding Regional Impacts
  • Key Current Technological Innovations
  • Major Regulatory Frameworks
  • Strategic Sustainability Practices
  • Porter’s Five Forces
  • PESTLE Analysis


  • Supplier Operational Capability Matrix
  • Other Prominent Suppliers by Region: Operational Capability Matrix
  • Supplier Functional Capability Matrix
  • Other Prominent Suppliers by Region: Functional Capability Matrix
  • Key Clients/Partners
  • Supplier Cost Breakup
  • Supplier Positioning Matrix


  • Pricing Models Snapshot
  • Pricing Models – Pros and Cons
  • Indicative Pricing


  • Major Category Requirements
  • Major Procurement Pain Points
  • Category Sourcing Evolution Matrix
  • Procurement Best Practices
  • Cost-saving Opportunities
  • Supplier Selection Criteria
  • Category Negotiation Strategies
  • SLA Terms
  • Supplier Evaluation Criteria
  • Category Risk Analysis


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  • Key Notes
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Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings



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