Brazil Jan-May caustic soda consumption drops 2.1% year on year

14 June 2013 17:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.078m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to May 2013, down by 2.1% from the 1.101m dmt consumed during the same period in 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Friday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and May of 2013 was 581,112 dmt, 0.8% lower than the 585,598 dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 504,939 dmt in 2013, down by 3.8% from 524,748 dmt imported in 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 477,827 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 139,576 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 85,328 dmt, aluminium with 47,019 dmt and metallurgy with 30,572 dmt.

Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable amid balanced supply, sources said.

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

By: Ron Coifman
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