Brazil Jan-Mar caustic soda consumption drops 4.6% year on year

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.

Caustic soda producers in Brazil are Braskem, Carbocloro and Dow Brasil.


By: Ron Coifman
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