17 August 2010 23:54 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.434m dry metric tons (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to July 2010, up by 9% from 1.316m dmt the same period last year, the country’s association of chloralkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Tuesday.
Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and July of 2010 was 880,117 dmt, 7.7% higher from 816,843 dmt during the same period in 2009, Abiclor said.
Liquid caustic soda imports were 580,948 dmt for the first seven months of 2010, and were higher this year by 10.6% from 525,342 dmt in 2009. The US was the major source, exporting 547,460 dmt into Brazil.
Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil from January to July were paper and cellulose with 202,111 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 130,834 dmt, and metallurgy with 102,570 dmt.
Demand for caustic soda in Brazil remained healthy in line with a robust economy and dynamic private and public construction, sources said.
Caustic soda producers in Brazil are Braskem, Carbocloro and Dow Brasil.
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