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Updated to Q1 2018
Caustic soda supply in Latin America during Q1 remained in balance with moderate demand from the paper/pulp, soaps/detergents and alumina sectors despite production issues at Braskem’s chlor-alkali facility in Maceio, Brazil. The Maceio plant stopped operating when it suffered a power loss on 15 January, and began a restart in mid-March. Imports from the US into Brazil made up for the lost production.
Caustic soda demand in Latin America during Q1 was steady. although activity was soft in Brazil and Argentina with both countries still recovering from economic recessions which began in 2016. Demand from alumina refiner Alunorte in Brazil was reduced to 50% in the second half of the quarter due to environmental concerns. Demand from the regional paper/pulp sector was healthy, lifted by exports.Demand in Mexico from the soaps/detergents sector was gauged as stable.
The Latin America caustic soda report covers domestic and import prices in the region. Producers, consumers and traders all have an interest in our timely information to help them make the best informed decisions.
To prepare the Latin American caustic soda report, ICIS talks to buyers, producers and traders throughout the region. We also include a brief comment on other regions that play a role in developments in Latin American markets.
Our caustic soda report stands out, because we publish on a weekly basis. We maintain a continuous dialogue with market participants. We not only talk with producers, we communicate with participants on both sides of negotiations. Buyer and trader commentary is very relevant to the caustic soda market, and to our reports.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Caustic soda. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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