HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 2.26m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January to November 2013, down by 1.4% from the 2.29m 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 November of 2013 was 1.26m dmt, 0.6% lower than the 1.27m dmt produced during the same period in 2012, Abiclor said.
Liquid caustic soda imports were 1.01m dmt in 2013, down by 2.7% from 1.04m dmt imported in 2012. The US was Brazil’s principal source with 955,981 dmt exported there this year, corresponding to 95% share of imports into Brazil.
Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2013 are paper and cellulose with 302,658 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 186,087 dmt, aluminium with 106,151, soaps and detergents with 68,820 dmt and metallurgy with 67,301 dmt.
Demand for caustic soda in Brazil is stable amid balanced supply, sources said.
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