Demand drives global trade. ITP projects decreased global trade volume in 2014 versus 2013 for several large volume polymers and chemicals, indicating decreased demand.
Demand drives global trade. ITP projects increased global trade volume in 2014 versus 2013 for numerous products, indicating increased demand. Continue reading
Terephthalic acid imports into the United States trended upward for most of 2014 through September, volume YTD of 409,000 tons up 18%.
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 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.
Qatar exported 570,000 tons of methanol through August 2014, up 7% from the prior year. Continue reading
Qatar exports huge volumes of EDC, VCM, polyethylene and methanol. Qatar also imports numerous polymers and chemicals. Continue reading
HDPE exports from Qatar were up 25% through August 2014 versus the prior year; shipments of combined L/LLDPE were off 13%. Continue reading
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
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