After trending downward for most of 2016 and into early 2017 China’s imports of liquefied butane gases soared to a new record high of 557,000 ton in May and continued to rise in June, reaching 587,000 tons. Average prices slipped in both months, to $433/ton in June.
In 2015, several countries reported exports of butylene to Saudi Arabia totaling over 46,000 tons. Through April, 2016, over 44,000 tons have already been shipped to that market.
ITP’s analysis of global trade projects a 3% increase in the volume of EDC traded in 2014 versus 2013, to over 3 million tons. VCM global trade volume contracted by 1%, to 3.5 million tons. Increases or decreases in global trade volume generally indicate the same trends in global demand.
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
Exports of LDPE to Asia and Africa rise.
Russia exported over 50,000 tons of LDPE through March, 2012, up 29%; imports were minor. Russia’s imports of HDPE and LLDPE, however, were up substantially.