Brazil Jan-Sept caustic soda consumption rises 8% over 2009

21 October 2010 21:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.819m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to September 2010, up 8.1% from the 1.683m dmt consumed during the same period last year, the country’s association of chloralkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Thursday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and September of 2010 was 1.098m dmt, 3.4% higher than the 1.061m dmt produced during the same period in 2009, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 755,481 dmt for the first nine months of 2010, and were up this year by 14.6% from the 659,229 dmt imported in the first nine months of 2009. The US was Brazil’s principal source of liquid caustic soda, with 626,085 dmt exported there this year.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil from January to September were paper and cellulose (256,774 dmt), chemical/petrochemical (165,408 dmt) and metallurgy (138,330 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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By: Ron Coifman
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