Dominant player in North American sodium chlorate
North American Sodium Chlorate

Our Operations

Our North American sodium chlorate business is our largest operating segment. Facilities are located at: Brandon, Manitoba; Beauharnois, Quebec; and Nanaimo, British Columbia, with an aggregate production capacity of 384,250 MT/year. We currently operate just over 20% of the North American sodium chlorate capacity and together with two other producers make up about 75% of the continent’s capacity. The top three producers have about 85% of the North American market share.

Brandon is our flagship plant, accounting for more than 90% of our North American sodium chlorate EBITDA. It’s the world’s largest and North America’s lowest-cost facility.

Electricity is the single biggest variable cost in producing sodium chlorate in North America. Other major manufacturing components are salt and water. As a result, competitive electricity costs are critical to profitability. Strategically, all of our plants are located in regulated lower-cost hydroelectricity regions, with Manitoba’s hydroelectricity being among the lowest.

Approximately 95% of North American sodium chlorate production is sold to the pulp and paper industry to produce chlorine dioxide, an environmentally-preferred pulp bleaching agent for paper and paper products. Therefore, growth in sodium chlorate is driven by growth in bleached pulp.

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North American Sodium Chlorate Market Share

Canexus Canexus 22%
Eka Chemicals Eka Chemicals 28%
ERCO Worldwide ERCO Worldwide (Superior Plus) 34%
Kemira Kemira 11%
ChemTrade Logistics Income Fund ChemTrade Logistics Income Fund 5%