The volume of propylene glycol traded globally showed a 1% rise through August 2016, to over 600,000 tons, based on earliest available data.
The United Arab Emirates’ exports of polyethylene and polypropylene increased substantially in 2014, and shipments grew through the first half of 2015.
ITP’s analysis of global trade projects an 8% increase in the volume of PET polymer traded in 2014 versus 2013, to over 9 million tons. Higher global trade volume generally indicates higher global demand.
China exported PET at record levels from March through May of 2014, shipments easing moderately in June and July. Nearly all of this was bottle-grade polymer. After falling for several months, the average export price picked up slightly in July, to $1267/ton. Continue reading
China’s exports of PET polymer, most of which is bottle-grade, reached a new record in July, 2013 of 217,000 tons. Shipments to all world regions increased, with the heaviest volumes exported to Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. Continue reading
Turkey’s imports of HDPE rise slightly through June 2012; PVC imports decline.
US shipments of these major volume commodity polymers were down 2%-14% through June 2012
To address the growing importance of Africa in global trade flows, ITP will be adding statistics for Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia to its Newsletters and Annual Reviews. Coverage for the region currently includes statistics for South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt.