US 2010 acrylic acid imports rise sharply over 2009 levels

11 February 2011 23:06  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US 2010 acrylic acid imports rose 848% from 2009, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

Acrylic acid imports totalled nearly 53,234 tonnes in 2010 versus only 5,618 tonnes in 2009, rising sharply on increased demand and tight US supply that had not yet recovered from a spate of outages and operational problems throughout most of 2010.

Japan and China were the primary exporters of acrylic acid to the US in 2010, shipping 17,779 tonnes and 16,629 tonnes, respectively.

Conversely, acrylic acid exports declined by 25%, falling to 30,877 tonnes in 2010 from 41,213 tonnes in 2009.

The largest importers of US acrylic acid in December were Brazil and Mexico, which combined to take 1,280 tonnes, or 76% of the 1,678 tonnes shipped from the US.

US glacial acrylic acid prices for January were 130-135 cents/lb ($2,866-2,976/tonne, €2,121-2,202/tonne), as assessed by ICIS.  

US acrylic acid suppliers include Dow Chemical, BASF, Sasol and Arkema Emulsion Systems.

($1= €0.74)

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By: Larry Terry
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