30 November 2011 22:26 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production declined to 741m lb (336,115 tonnes) in the third quarter of 2011, down by 14% from the same period in 2010, according to data received on Wednesday by ICIS from the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA).
The year-on-year decline reflected declining exports because of tightness in Latin American markets and a tariff imposed by the EU on US-made VAM.
Third-quarter production also declined by 4% from the second quarter of 2011, according to the NPRA data.
The NPRA data was based on input from four companies – Celanese, Dow Chemical, DuPont and LyondellBasell.
VAM production, in thousands of pounds:
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