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U.S. Exports to Keep Up Growth

10:19 AM MDT | July 31, 2007 | Peck Hwee Sim

Soda ash exports from the U.S. are expected to continue growing this year due to a delay in new plant startup in Kenya, as well as an expected reduction in Chinese exports, market players say. U.S. soda ash exports grew 2.6% last year, to 4.8 million m.t., according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS; Reston, VA). Exports rose 11% year-on-year for the first quarter, to 1.26 million m.t. Meanwhile, domestic consumption fell 3%, to 6 million tons, USGS says. Weak automotive, construction, and housing markets dampened domestic demand, producers say. The startup of...

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