17 September 2012 18:21 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US production of natural soda ash in July dropped by 2% month on month, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Monday.
US production declined to 933,000 tonnes, down from 952,000 tonnes in June, the survey said.
Ending inventories for July were 312,000 tonnes, 18% higher than the preceding month's inventories of 265,000 tonnes.
Wyoming trona production in July was 1.32m tonnes, according to the data.
Mexico and Brazil were the largest importers of US soda ash from the beginning of the year, importing 536,000 tonnes and 336,000 tonnes, respectively.
Indonesia came in third, importing 291,000 tonnes since the beginning of the year, according to the data.
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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