PMMA Polymer and Sheet Global Trade Volume Unchanged in 2013

Although the volume of PMMA polymer and sheet traded globally in 2013 was unchanged from 2012, there were many changes in regional trade flows.Exports of PMMA polymer from Asia-Pacific increased 14% on strong gains to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America and the Middle East. Exports from Western Europe¬† were down 3% despite a moderate increase in shipments to Eastern Europe. North America’s exports fell 13%, a gain to Latin America offset by declines elsewhere.

Prominent trends in trade in PMMA sheet included a 13% increase in exports from Asia-Pacific on higher volumes to all regional markets; the region’s intra-regional trade and imports declined.¬† Intra-regional trade and imports into Western Europe each rose 6%, UK, Belgium and Italy growth import markets. Imports also were higher into Eastern Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

(From ITP’s PMMA World Trade Review of 2013)