Brazil Jan-Sep caustic soda consumption drops 1.5% year on year

19 October 2012 21:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.904m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to September 2012, down by 1.5% from the 1.932m dmt consumed during the same period in 2011, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Friday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and September of 2012 was 1.050m dmt, 2.6% higher than the 1.023m dmt produced during the same period in 2011, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 868,041 dmt in 2012, down by 6.1% from 924,376 dmt imported in 2011. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 824,640 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 95% share of imports into Brazil.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2012 are paper and cellulose with 238,433 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 172,065 dmt, aluminium with 94,179 and metallurgy with 54,494 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 are Braskem, Carbocloro and Dow Brasil.

By: Ron Coifman
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