Established in 1939, DCW is engaged in manufacturing a wide range of chemicals. It has three primary divisions: polyvinyl chloride, soda ash and caustic soda (including syntheti
Soda Ash is required in production of glass, soaps, metallurgy, pulp and paper and other applications. In India, the industry is dominated by a handful of players and has a total installed capacity of 3.0 million tpa and is producing 2.3 million tonnes. Soda Ash is also imported around 0.5 million tonnes while exports were around 0.08 million tonnes. It is dependant on derived demand from glass/automobile which are dependant on real estate and economic growth. Currently, there are no new projects are coming up for soda ash. India produces dense soda ash (around two-thirds) and light soda ash. Dense soda ash is used in glass production while light soda ash is used in detergents.
Indian government has extended the validity of anti-dumping duty on soda ash imports from China, European Union, Kenya, Pakistan, Iran, Ukraine and the US for another one year. The existing anti-dumping duty will be valid till July 2- 2018 . This is, however, subject to the final decision of the Gujarat High Court in the special civil application that challenged the Designated Authority?s final findings (September 2016) on the mid-term review. The latest Revenue Department move follows the Designated Authority in the Commerce Ministry initiating a sunset review investigation on June 16 this year and recommending an extension of existing anti-dumping duty.