07 May 2013 18:30 [Source: ICIS news]
MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US production of natural soda ash in March jumped by 7% month on month, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Tuesday.
US production increased to 957,000 tonnes in March from 892,000 tonnes in February, the survey said.
Ending soda ash inventories for March 2013 increased to 343,000 tonnes, up from 330,000 tonnes in February, the report said.
Wyoming trona production in March was 1.54m tonnes, according to the report.
In January and February 2013, Brazil imported the most US soda ash at 190,000 tonnes, followed by Indonesia and Mexico at 145,000 tonnes and 138,000 tonnes, respectively.
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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