12 August 2013 21:52 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.47m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to July 2013, down by 3.2% from the 1.51m dmt consumed during the same period in 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Monday.
Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and July of 2013 was 817,663 dmt, 0.8% higher than the 811,368 dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.
Liquid caustic soda imports were 657,982 dmt in 2013, down by 7.8% from 713,732 dmt imported in 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 615,741 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 94% share of imports into Brazil.
Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2013 are paper and cellulose with 190,865 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 120,895 dmt, aluminium with 66,744 and metallurgy with 43,326 dmt.
Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable amid balanced supply, sources said.
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