Brazil Jan-May caustic soda consumption drops 1.7% year on year

26 June 2014 22:51 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil consumed 1.06m dry metric tonnes (dmt) of liquid caustic soda from January through May 2014, down by 1.7 % from the 1.08m dmt consumed during the same period in 2013, the country’s association of chlor-alkali industries, Abiclor, reported this week.

Brazil’s domestic production of liquid caustic soda between January and May of 2014 was 579,341 dmt, 0.3% lower than the 581,112 dmt produced during the same period in 2013, Abiclor said.

Liquid caustic soda imports from January through May 2014 were 487,209 dmt, down by 3.5% from 504,939 dmt imported in 2013.

The US was Brazil’s principal source at 452,016 dmt, corresponding to a 93% share.

Major markets consuming liquid caustic soda in Brazil in 2014 are paper and cellulose with 142,290 dmt, chemical/petrochemical with 84,652 dmt, aluminium with 41,926, soaps and detergents with 33,646 dmt and metallurgy with 27,741 dmt.

Caustic soda supply in Brazil is adequate to meet steady demand, sources said.

Caustic soda producers in Brazil are Braskem, Carbocloro and Dow Brasil.

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By Ron Coifman