Qatar exported over 244,000 tons of EDC through August 2014, up 98% from the prior year. Exports of VCM dropped 21%, to 192,000 tons. Qatar also reported 41,000 tons of exports of uncompounded PVC polymer. Continue reading →
After the tsunami in March 2011, Japan’s imports of many polymers and chemicals surged and exports dropped. A slowdown in imports was apparent in July, and also higher exports. YTD, imports generally posted gains; exports, declines. Continue reading →
China’s imports of most polymers showed moderate declines through July 2011, ranging from down 2% to down 11%. Imports of EVA and propylene copolymers increased. Imports of methanol and ethylene were up sharply. Continue reading →
China’s polyethylene imports continued slow through June 2011; polypropylene and PVC imports picked up slightly; polyacetals imports hit new highs; imports of many basic organic chemicals rose, some for the second month in a row; YTD import volumes were generally down moderately versus the first half of 2010. Continue reading →
China’s exports of PVC and PET surged in April 2011. Imports of numerous products fell sharply during the month. Despite the declines, import totals YTD for many products remained close to last year’s high levels.
Japan’s exports of PVC in March 2011 were a low for the last 15 months. Relatively high volumes of polypropylene, polycarbonates and ethylene copolymers were shipped during the month; export volumes of most other products were at typical levels. Trends YTD varied by product. Continue reading →
China’s imports of polycarbonates, EDC and methanol hit 15 month highs in March 2011. Imports of other polymers and chemicals also rebounded after the February holiday. First quarter YTD trends were mixed, most products monitored either showing gains or small declines. Continue reading →