Brazil 2011 caustic soda consumption rises 2.4% year on year

23 January 2012 20:06  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 2.507m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda in 2011, up by 2.4% from the 2.449m dmt consumed in 2010, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, said on Monday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda in 2011 totalled 1.353m dmt, 5.0% less than the 1.424m dmt produced in 2010, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 1.174m dmt in 2011, up by 10% from 1.064m dmt imported in 2010. The US was Brazil’s principal source, exporting 1.061m dmt to the country, corresponding to a 90% share of imports.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2011 are paper and cellulose with 316,251 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 200,078 dmt and metallurgy with 193,354 dmt.

Caustic soda producers in Brazil are Braskem, Carbocloro and Dow Brasil.

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By: Ron Coifman
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