Brazil Jan-Aug caustic soda consumption drops 4.6% year on year

11 September 2013 23:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.64m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to August 2013, down by 4.6% from the 1.72m dmt consumed during the same period in 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Wednesday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and August of 2013 was 928,139 dmt, 0.5% lower than the 933,097 dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 725,802 dmt in 2013, down by 9.2% from 798,938 dmt imported in 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 680,411 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 220,377 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 137,615 dmt, aluminium with 77,127 and metallurgy with 49,955 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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