ICI Pakistan Limited’s Soda Ash plant can trace its roots back to 1929, when the construction of the plant began, and 1944 when soda ash commercial production first commenced. Through various expansion projects, the plant’s original capacity of 18,000 tons per annum has increased to 425,000 tons, and by 2020, we expect it to become a half million ton site. The Business diversified its product range in 1950 and 1995 with the installation of dense ash and refined sodium bicarbonate plants, respectively.
As production capabilities have evolved, so have the various markets and applications for soda ash. Today, soda ash consistently ranks as one of the top ten inorganic chemicals produced in the world and is an essential raw material to a variety of industries.
Soda Ash is used as a builder or filler in the formulation of soaps, detergents, and other cleaning compounds. In the glass industry it is used to bring down the melting temperature of silica sand (the main raw material of glass). In the paper industry, soda ash is used in the preparation of the sodium sulphite buffer liquid used in the pulp manufacturing process. Soda ash even finds an application in the water treatment segment, by adjusting the pH of water when it is acidic.
ICI Pakistan Limited’s Soda Ash Business caters to approximately 70% of the country’s total requirement for this commodity. Pakistan’s domestic consumers of soda ash rely upon ICI Pakistan Limited as a trusted and reliable supplier for high quality soda ash. We utilise indigenous raw materials to ensure substantial foreign exchange savings through import substitution. Soda ash produced at our Khewra plant is now regularly exported, earning valuable revenue for the national exchequer.
Our Company is committed to remain the preferred supplier for its customers through the relentless pursuit of manufacturing excellence and by delivering quality products produced at a world-class facility. ICI Pakistan Limited has invested heavily in its production facilities, and will continue to do so to retain its competitive advantage. These initiatives include; two additional coal fired boilers; an 18 megawatt (MW) steam turbine; the expansion of the refined sodium bicarbonate plant to a capacity of 40 kilotons per annum (KTPA) and the expansion of the dense ash plant to a capacity of 140 KTPA with a further expected expansion of 70 KTPA in the year 2020. Currently, ICI Pakistan is not only the leading supplier of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate in Pakistan, but also an exporter of these products to markets such as UAE, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Afghanistan. Through endeavours to establish itself as a producer of high quality products, ICI Pakistan is the preferred supplier of various leading glass and detergent industries in the South Asia region.
The Soda Ash Business manufactures three different products.
- Light Ash
- Dense Ash
- Refined Sodium Bicarbonate
For more details on each product, please refer to our Products section.
“Today, soda ash consistently ranks as one of the top ten inorganic chemicals produced in the world and is an essential raw material to a variety of industries.”