Brazil Jan-Sep caustic soda consumption drops 2.4% year on year

15 October 2013 22:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.86m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to September 2013, down by 2.4% from the 1.90m dmt consumed during the same period in 2012, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported on Tuesday.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and September of 2013 was 1.04m dmt, 1.3% lower than the 1.05m dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports were 835,420 dmt in 2013, down by 3.8% from 868,041 dmt imported in 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 782,794 dmt exported from 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 249,120 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 153,581 dmt, aluminium with 84,596 dmt and metallurgy with 55,603 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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