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Updated to Q1 2020
The caustic soda supply outlook in Latin America points to continuing abundant availability for the first quarter of 2020, despite the increased operating rates by alumina refiner Alunorte. Excess product in the US will continue to be offered in Latin America, placing pressure on pricing. Mexico is considering antidumping duties to protect its domestic market against cheaply-priced US imports.
The caustic soda demand outlook in Latin America is expected to remain sluggish for the first quarter of 2020, continuing with the late 2019 trend. Alunorte’s caustic soda demand is likely to increase slightly as the company increases operating rates to about 90% of capacity. Elsewhere in Latin America, demand from various sectors is likely to remain soft stable in line with struggling local economies and political issues.
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Caustic soda, with its co-product chlorine, is produced via an electrolysis of brine, in the ratio of one part chlorine to 1.1 parts caustic soda.
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