Brazil Jan-Apr caustic soda consumption rises 2.7% year on year

15 May 2012 21:13  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 889,464 dry metric tons (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to April, up by 2.7% from the 866,372 dmt consumed during the same period in 2011, the country’s association of chloralkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Tuesday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and April was 474,353 dmt, 7.7% higher than the 440,322 dmt produced during the same period in 2011, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 422,920 dmt for January-April, down by 2.7% from 434,833 dmt imported in 2011. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 399,632 dmt exported from there this year, corresponding to 94.5% of imports into Brazil.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2012 are paper and cellulose with 110,003 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 75,400 dmt and metallurgy with 73,728 dmt.

Demand for caustic soda in Brazil remained healthy despite a slower-than-expected economy, sources said.

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

By: Ron Coifman
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