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Updated to Q3 2018
Caustic soda supply in Latin America during the third quarter of 2018 was ample, as demand from Brazil’s alumina refiner Alunorte was at 50% on restrictions from regional authorities over concerns about environmental contamination. Availability in Latin America was not an issue during the period, as caustic soda makers throughout the Americas continued to operate normally with no major production issues noted. Producers sought alternative destinations to place Alunorte’s no longer required volumes.
Caustic soda demand in Latin America during the third quarter weakened, on Brazil’s alumina refiner Alunorte’s 50% reduction in production rates to comply with local authorities over environmental concerns. Demand in Argentina declined on political/economic issues and a significant currency devaluation. Activity in Mexico was steady, though not spectacular, in its key soaps/detergents consuming sector. Because of the reliance on healthy export business, demand from the paper/pulp industries was gauged as healthier than from other sectors.
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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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