US Q4 phenol output steady vs Q3; 2010 output up 38% - NPRA

25 February 2011 21:22  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US phenol production in the fourth quarter was 1.220bn lb, almost unchanged from 1.221bn lb in the third quarter, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) said on Friday.

Fourth-quarter production was up 31% from 932m lb a year earlier.

For all of 2010, US phenol production was 4.657bn lb, a gain of 38% from 3.365bn lb in 2009.

Phenol production has been supported by growing downstream demand for derivatives such as bisphenol A (BPA), for use consumer electronics.

The companies reporting production figures in the survey were Dow Chemical, INEOS, Georgia Gulf, Shell and Sunoco.

US phenol production (millions of pounds)

Q4 2009

Q1 2010

Q2 2010

Q3 2010

Q4 2010

932

1,076

1,140

1,221

1,220


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