Solvay SA of Belgium reports that its Essential Chemicals business generated net sales in 2012 of €2.36 billion (US$3.07 billion), a 5% increase over 2011. The company notes that demand for soda ash remained stable overall throughout the year. A strong performance in the container glass sector offset a slowdown in flat glass in the construction and automotive industries. In the U.S., strong production and sales were driven by exports to Asia and Latin America. Sodium bicarbonate sales remained at a high level.
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