13 November 2009 21:29 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US imports of methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) fell in September to a mere 18 tonnes, a 98% drop from import volumes of 794 tonnes during the same month one year ago, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released on Friday.
There were also no September shipments from
Concurrently, MIBK exports rose to 831 tonnes, a 46% increase over year-ago volumes of 571 tonnes. The top destination was
US MIBK prices were 90-105 cents/lb ($1,985-2,315/tonne, €1,330-1,551/tonne), according to data from global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing. However, some buyers said prices had begun to narrow at the high end of the range as those price levels largely were seen as untenable.
US MIBK producers include Dow Chemical, Eastman and Celanese.
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