10 November 2011 21:25 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) exports for September were up by 2.7% from the same month a year ago, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Thursday. ?xml:namespace>
Exports increased to 7,673 tonnes from 7,473 tonnes in September 2010.
The increase was the result of more volumes shipped to Korea, which received 1,007 tonnes, compared with 18 tonnes in 2010. Mexico, Canada and Korea, which together received 5,621 tonnes, were the three largest importers.
A major producer in China shut operations because of a blast at an olefins pipeline and that affected several downstream plants, including an acrylonitrile plant.
Imports during September were down 22.7% from the same month a year ago, according to the ITC data.
Imports decreased to 9,074 tonnes from 11,736 tonnes in September 2010.
The decline was primarily the result of fewer volumes shipped from Mexico, Korea and Taiwan, which are the countries that shipped the most material to the US in September.
US producers of ABS include Diamond & Network Polymers, INEOS, SABIC and Styron.
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