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.
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