19 July 2013 22:29 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.26m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to June 2013, down by 2.9% from the 1.30m dmt consumed during H1 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Friday.
Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and June of 2013 was 693,342 dmt, 0.3% higher than the 691,535 dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.
Liquid caustic soda imports were 575,414 dmt in H1 2013, down by 6.8% from 617,444 dmt imported in H1 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source, with 537,539 dmt imported from the US this year, corresponding to 93% share of imports into Brazil.
Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2013 are paper and cellulose with 164,117 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 101,330 dmt, aluminium with 55,136 dmt and metallurgy with 36,765 dmt.
Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable amid balanced supply, sources said.
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