China synthetic soda ash production drops by 2.97% in September

01 November 2012 04:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Chinese synthetic soda ash production in September slumped by 2.97% month on month, according to official data from the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

Synthetic soda ash production in China fell to 1.96m tonnes in September, down from 2.02m tonnes in August, according to the data.

A total of 151,050 tonnes of soda ash, including dense-grade and light-grade, was exported from China in September, according to the latest data from China Customs.

The export tonnage in September represents a month-on-month decrease of 1.15% from 152,800 tonnes in August and a year-on-year increase of 60.9% from 93,895 tonnes in September 2011, the data showed.

The top three importers of China-origin synthetic soda ash in September were Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam, which imported 22,300 tonnes, 20,800 tonnnes and 20,700 tonnes, respectively, according to the data.

Soda ash is primarily used in glassmaking, the manufacture of pulp, paper and inorganic chemicals, detergents, flue gas desulphurisation, and water treatment.

By: Ryan Yue
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