30 January 2009 16:20 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s production of caustic soda fell 15.6% in December to 340,669 tonnes compared with the same month in 2007, an industry association said on Friday.
The country exported 69,657 tonnes of caustic soda in December, a 21.9% decrease year on year, the Japan Soda Industry Association (JSIA) said.
Production of soda ash fell 8.2% to 36,024 tonnes in December, while exports of soda ash declined 4.4% to 198 tonnes, according to the association.
Output of liquefied chlorine in December was down 17.8% year on year to 36,279 tonnes, JSIA said.
Japanese caustic soda producers include Adeka, Asahi Glass, Asahi Kasei Chemicals and Daiso.
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