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Facing Another Bank Mission

So the problem of these alkali producing industries is not competitive imports, but their own high costs of production in an effectively protected market, and the present production and consumption patterns of the economy which upholster that cost structure. Soda ash and caustic soda can benefit significantly from economies of scale. Yet for caustic soda produced by the electrolytic process an effective limit on production is set by the ability of the rest of the economy to use captive chlorine which is liberated from the brine. The petrochemicals industry, PVC fertiliser, ammonium chloride, and BHC, are major consumers of chlorine. Petrochemicals and PVC, however, have in the past been associated with a later phase of economic development, and India has still to develop petrochemical complexes.

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