12 April 2013 16:11 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US production of natural soda ash in February fell by about 5% month on month, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Friday.
US production fell to 892,000 tonnes in February from 941,000 tonnes in January, the survey said.
Ending soda ash inventories for February 2013 increased to 330,000 tonnes, up from 295,000 tonnes in January, the report said.
Wyoming trona production in February was 1.44m tonnes, according to the report.
In January 2013, Indonesia imported the most US soda ash at 82,000 tonnes, followed by Mexico at 70,600 tonnes and Brazil at 55,100 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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