Brazil Jan-June caustic soda consumption rises 2.5% year on year

12 July 2012 19:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.30m dry metric tons (dmt) of liquid caustic soda during the first half of the year, up by 2.5% from the 1.27m dmt consumed during the same period in 2011, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Thursday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda from January through June of 2012 was 691,535 dmt, 5.9% higher than the 652,994 dmt produced during the same period in 2011, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 617,444 dmt in 2012, down by 1.5% from 626,890 dmt imported in 2011. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 580,641 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 94.0% share of imports into Brazil.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2012 are paper and cellulose with 159,813 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 112,885 dmt and metallurgy with 99,179 dmt.

Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is steady 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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