16 May 2013 21:23 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 849,438 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to April 2013, down by 4.5% from the 889,465 dmt consumed during the same period in 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Thursday.
Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and April of 2013 was 464,681 dmt, 2.0% lower than during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.
Liquid caustic soda imports were 390,698 dmt in 2013, down by 7.6% from 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 371,047 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 95% share of imports into Brazil.
Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2013 are paper and cellulose with 113,914 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 68,136 dmt, aluminium with 37,299 and metallurgy with 24,711 dmt.
Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable amid balanced supply, sources said.
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