Inorganics news in brief

03 January 2011 00:00  [Source: ICB]

JAPAN NOVEMBER VCM EXPORTS UP 57%
Japan's exports of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) in November soared by 57% year on year to 78,011 tonnes, according to the Vinyl Environmental Council (VEC). VCM is used mainly as a raw material for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacture. Japan's VCM output was up by 4.3% to 239,834 tonnes, while domestic shipments fell by 3.2% to 145,284 tonnes.

BRAZIL CAUSTIC SODA CONSUMPTION RISES
Brazil's caustic soda use from January to November increased by 7.9% year on year because of higher demand from Brazil's chemical and petrochemical sector, as well as from pulp and paper, according to industry group Abiclor. The group did not release tonnage figures. Domestic output in the period rose by 2.5%, while chlorine also increased by 2.8%. Caustic soda imports increased by 16.6% in the first 11 months of 2010.

EUROPE CAUSTIC OUTPUT DOWN, CHLORINE UP
Chlorine output in Europe rose by 6.9% to 837,391 tonnes from October to November while inventories of co-product caustic soda fell by 1.6% to 217,676 tonnes, according to industry group Euro Chlor. Average chlor-alkali capacity utilization rates during the period were up by 5.2 percentage points to 80%.

ATANOR EXPANDS CHLOR-ALKALI CAPACITY
Argentina's Atanor plans to expand capacity for caustic soda and chlorine at its Rio Tercero facility by 50% in June 2011. Caustic soda and chlorine capacity will increase to 45,000 and 38,000 tonnes/year, respectively.


By: Doris de Guzman
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