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

16 August 2012 22:32  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.51m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to July 2012, up by 2.7% from the 1.47m 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 between January and July of 2012 was 811,368 dmt, 3.7% higher than the 782,074 dmt produced during the same period in 2011, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 713,732 dmt in 2012, up by 1.5% from 702,862 dmt imported in 2011. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 673,685 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 94.4% share of imports into Brazil.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2012 are paper and cellulose with 189,110 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 134,030 dmt and metallurgy with 112,039 dmt.

Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable in the face of weaker-than-expected economic activity, sources said.

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

By: Ron Coifman
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