10 February 2012 19:32 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US 2-eythylhexanol (2-EH) exports for 2011 were up by 12% from 2010, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
US 2011 2-EH exports increased to 79,307 tonnes, from 70,764 tonnes in 2010.
Exports increased last year as a result of increased global demand for downstream products such as flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC), market sources said.
Exports in December fell to 8,203 tonnes from 9,540 tonnes in November, but were up from 3,936 tonnes in December 2010, the ITC said.
The biggest importers of US 2-EH in 2011 were Canada at 26,750 tonnes, China at 16,990 tonnes, Colombia at 9,756 tonnes, and Mexico at 6,869 tonnes.
Other destinations for US 2-EH in 2011 included South Africa, Angola, Germany, India, Singapore and Belgium.
US producers of 2-EH include BASF and Eastman Chemical.
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