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.
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