14 August 2012 19:38 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US production of natural soda ash in June jumped by 14% month on month, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Tuesday.
Ending inventories for June were 265,000 tonnes, 9% higher than the preceding month's inventories of 243,000 tonnes.
Wyoming trona production in May was 1.47m tonnes, according to the data.
Mexico and Brazil were the largest importers of US soda ash from the beginning of the year, importing 438,000 tonnes and 296,000 tonnes, respectively.
Soda ash is primarily used in glassmaking, the manufacture of other inorganic chemicals, detergents, flue gas desulphurisation, water treatment and in pulp and paper manufacturing.
US producers include Solvay, OCI Chemical, FMC and General Chemical Industrial Products.
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