12 March 2013 21:21 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US production of natural soda ash in January fell by 2.6% month on month, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Tuesday.
US production fell to 941,000 tonnes in January from 966,000 tonnes in December, the survey said.
Ending soda ash inventories for January 2013 decreased to 295,000 tonnes at the end of January, down from 315,000 tonnes in December, the report said.
Wyoming trona production in January was 1.57m tonnes, according to the report.
From January through December 2012, Mexico imported the most US soda ash at 1.08m tonnes, followed by Brazil at 688,000 tonnes and Indonesia at 639,000 tonnes.
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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