Japan caustic soda production down by 18% in June

31 July 2012 12:13  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of caustic soda decreased by 18% month on month to 269,972 tonnes in June, reflecting decreased domestic demand and lower exports, official data from an industry association show on Tuesday.

The country’s domestic demand fell by 6.4% in June from the previous month to 269,255 tonnes, while exports were down by 27% at 26,982 tonnes, according to the Japan Soda Industry Association (JSIA).

Meanwhile, Japan’s output of soda ash, which is made from caustic soda, declined by 4.4% month on month to 30,730 tonnes in June, the data show.

Domestic demand for soda ash fell by 6.8% in June from April to 29,508 tonnes, while exports rose by 52% to 176 tonnes.

Production of liquefied chlorine, which is co-produced with caustic soda from sodium chloride, was down by 12% month on month to 33,849 tonnes in June, while domestic demand decreased by 12% to 33,351 tonnes, the data show.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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