15 April 2013 21:50 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 627,986 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to March in 2013, down by 4.6% from the 658,562 dmt consumed during the same period in 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Monday.
Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and March of 2013 was 345,535 dmt, 2.5% lower than the 354,386 dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.
Liquid caustic soda imports were 288,392 dmt in 2013, down by 6.5% from 308,316 dmt imported in 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 274,839 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 95.3% share of imports into Brazil.
Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2013 are paper and cellulose with 85,888 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 52,544 dmt, aluminium with 25,370 and metallurgy with 18,037 dmt.
Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable in the face of snug supply, sources said.
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