Japan July caustic soda production down by 7.9%

31 August 2012 13:47  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of caustic soda in July fell by 7.9% from the same time a year earlier, to 315,770 tonnes, reflecting lower domestic shipments and exports, official data from an industry association showed on Friday.

The country’s domestic shipments of caustic soda decreased by 6% year on year in July to 281,434 tonnes, while exports fell by 90% to 6,526 tonnes, according to the Japan Soda Industry Association (JSIA).

Japan’s production of soda ash declined by 1.8% in July from the year before, to 24,473 tonnes, the JSIA data showed.

The country shipped 26,207 tonnes of soda ash domestically in July, down by 11% from July 2011, while exports doubled to 156 tonnes, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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