11 February 2011 21:36 [Source: ICIS news]
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Imports of ABS in 2010 fell to 134,602 tonnes from 304,254 in 2009, a drop of 56%. Exports increased 31% in the same time, to 95,898 tonnes from 73,093 tonnes.
US ABS market sources said import availability fell throughout the year because of increasing demand in
Material that moved was able to do so because of higher prices in the
December 2010 imports fell 62% compared with December 2009, to 9,028 tonnes from 23,655 tonnes.
US exports of ABS into
Year-on-year for December, however, US exports increased less than 1% to 6,146 tonnes in 2010 from 6,090 tonnes a year ago.
US domestic ABS is assessed by ICIS at 135-155 cents/lb (€2,202-2,529/tonne) FOB (free on board) for extrusion-grade material and at 126-145 cents/lb for injection-grade material.
($1 = €0.74)
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