Monthly Archives: November 2014

Increased Global Trade Volume Projected for 2014 for Several Engineering Polymers and Other Products

Demand drives global trade. ITP projects increased global trade volume in 2014 versus 2013 for numerous products, indicating increased demand. Continue reading

Weak P-Xylene Demand in Western Europe Evidenced by Reduced Intra-regional Trade; Low Imports; High Exports

Continued weak demand for p-xylene in Western Europe was apparent from the 37% drop in the region’s intra-regional trade, the 23% drop in imports, and the 72% increase in exports through September 2014, based on reporting countries.   Continue reading

Western Europe’s PET Imports from Asia-Pacific Up Over 40% YTD; More Polymer Also From Africa

Western Europe imported nearly 340,000 tons of PET polymer from Asia-Pacific through September, up 43%, based on reporting countries. This volume exceeded imports from Eastern Europe of 330,000 ton through that date, up 2%. Also of note were large percentage gains on smaller volume imports into Western Europe from Africa.

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Polyurethanes Global Trade Volume Continues to Expand

Indicating growing demand, the volume of polyurethanes traded globally through September 2014, over 1 million tons, was up 4% versus the prior year based on preliminary data.  Global trade volume increased 3% in 2013 versus 2012 and 5% in 2012 versus 2011.  Continue reading