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.
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