Over 1 million tons of plastic film and sheet was imported into the United States in 2016. Imports were up 10% through July 2017. Film and sheet from polyethylene, PET and polypropylene were the largest volume imports, followed by PVC, polystyrene and polycarbonates.
China’s imports of most polymers and chemical were lower in the first half of 2016 than in the same period in the prior year. Exceptions were imports of: ethylene, EVA, propylene oxide and, especially, methanol. China’s exports of PVC, polypropylene, PTA, VAM and non-expandable polystyene surged. Shipments of polyethylene also were up. Continue reading →
The data in the article is entirely from ITP’s China Polymer Trade Report. The article was co-authored by Jean J Sudol, president of International Trader Publications and Robert Bauman of Polymer Consulting International.
Preliminary overview of polyolefins trade in 2011: increased global trade volume in all polyolefins, except LLDPE and EVA; higher Middle East exports of PE and PP, and, especially, copolymers; generally lower exports from Western Europe and North America. Continue reading →