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Slow demand keeps caustic soda prices stable in Brazil

9:27 AM MDT | April 28, 2014 | —Francinia Protti-Alvarez

South America is a net importer of caustic soda. As a whole the region produced 1.9 million m.t. of caustic soda last year and consumed 4.1 million m.t., according to the latest IHS Market Advisory Service:Global Chlor-Alkali. Caustic soda prices in the region have nevertheless been fairly stable, and spot prices for Brazil averaged $455–460/dry m.t. between October 2013 and March 2014, according to IHS Chemical data. Brazil accounts for the largest caustic soda consumption in South America. “Caustic soda spot prices are not anticipated to increase...

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