US total 2011 exports of chlorinated solvents increase 3%

10 February 2012 20:52  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Total 2011 US exports of chlorinated solvents increased by nearly 3% year on year, according to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

Exports of methylene chloride, perchloroethylene (perc) and trichloroethylene (TCE) were 165,101 tonnes in 2011, up from 160,745 tonnes in 2010, an advance of 2.7%.

Global demand for the products was strong in 2011, mostly for use in the production of residential, commercial and automotive refrigerants, as well as some solvent use.

Available supply was also tight throughout 2011, with capacity less than demand levels.

Among the products, perc and TCE experienced gains, while methylene chloride exports were down.

Perc exports were 59,295 tonnes, up from 53,767 tonnes. TCE exports were 24,175 tonnes, up from 19,324 tonnes. Methylene exports were 81,631 tonnes, down from 87,654 tonnes.

For December 2011, total exports fell by 33% to 11,845 tonnes from 17,617 tonnes for the same month a year ago.

Month-on-month exports dropped by 46% from 21,754 tonnes in November 2011.

Major US sellers of the chlorinated solvents are Dow Chemical, INEOS, Occidental Chemical and PPG Industries.

($1 = €0.75)

By: John Dietrich

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