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Chlor-alkali: Demand to Grow Slightly

3:19 PM MST | January 9, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

Demand in the North American chlor-alkali sector is forecast to slightly grow this year. Demand for caustic soda in North America is expected to grow about 2.3% this year, to about 13.1 million tons. Chlorine demand, meanwhile, is projected to grow 3.4%, to 11.9 million tons in 2012, according to CMAI (Houston). Domestic chlor-alkali demand is waning due to the continuing deterioration of chlorine production and there has been visible demand erosion in the pulp and paper market, players say. Demand for the first-quarter of 2012 appears less than robust with...

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