China's petrochemical imports mostly rise in May

26 June 2012 08:10  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s import volumes of most petrochemical products rose in May, with significant increases in benzene, dioctyl phthalate (DOP), and styrene monomer (SM) imports, official data showed on Tuesday.

The country imported 105,569 tonnes of ethylene in May, a 52% year-on-year increase and an 8% rise from April, while its naphtha imports rose by 68% year on year to 179,775 tonnes, according to China Customs data.

China imported 16,259 tonnes of butadiene (BD) in May, up by 124% year on year and a 7% rise from April, as well as 142,105 tonnes of propylene, a 93% year-on-year increase, the data showed.

China’s imports of benzene more than doubled year on year in May to 27,883 tonnes, the data showed, mainly because of the arrival of about 13,000 tonnes of benzene from Iran, said a source from the benzene industry.

DOP imports were at 8,789 tonnes in May, almost tripling from the previous year and doubling from April, the data showed.

However, imports of some petrochemicals declined year on year in May, including those of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), butyl acrylate (butyl-A), methanol, isopropanol (IPA), and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), according to the data.

China’s petrochemical imports and exports in May 2012

 

IMPORTS

EXPORTS

Product

Volume  (tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Volume (tonnes)

YoY growth (%)

MoM growth (%)

Naphtha

179,775

68%

36%

22852.517

-21%

-

Ethylene

105,569

52%

8%

0.132

-

-

Propylene

142,105

93%

35%

0

-

-100%

Butadiene

16,259

124%

7%

6,410

-53%

322%

High density polyethylene (HDPE)

311,923

23%

20%

12,902

-60%

-11%

Low density PE (LDPE)

122,820

9%

13%

6,712

-32%

-15%

Linear LDPE (LLDPE)

145,385

-19%

-4%

9,181

-16%

-37%

Polypropylene (PP)

269,510

9%

4%

15,917

-23%

-6%

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

101,117

27%

8%

43,860

-57%

-6%

Expandable polystyrene (EPS)

6,127

-4%

16%

26,277

-27%

18%

Benzene

27,883

137%

362%

2,757

-71%

91%

Toluene

38,850

-18%

0%

964

-70%

-58%

Paraxylene (PX)

487,371

21%

-8%

4,750

-73%

-81%

Styrene monomer (SM)

270,040

24%

45%

6,064

-77%

-39%

Purified terephthalic acid (PTA)

385,924

-3%

12%

0

-100%

-

Monoethylene glycol (MEG)

644,113

17%

-6%

268.523

-13%

4%

Acrylonitrile (ACN)

42,968

7%

-17%

0

-

-

Caprolactam

55,755

21%

-19%

1,027

-51%

0%

Phenol

56,148

5%

5%

1,582

-83%

-51%

Methanol

421,044

-26%

-16%

254.535

-35%

34%

Acetone

52,216

65%

-29%

38.193

-24%

-33%

Bisphenol A (BPA)

42,852

20%

26%

1

-100%

-

Isopropanol (IPA)

5,881

-25%

23%

149.828

-60%

76%

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)

177.891

-92%

39%

10,000

-34%

-43%

Base oils

185,811

-12%

-7%

6,162

-74%

239%

Methyl methacrylate (MMA)

22,705

209%

9%

4,189

-59%

47%

Polymethyl MA (PMMA)

23,303

20%

35%

1268.704

99%

84%

Glacial acrylic acid (GAA)

6,513

138%

-17%

5,389

6%

-31%

Butyl acrylate (butyl-A)

2,129

-31%

-40%

3,286

-37%

-45%

2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA)

1,267

61%

-8%

354.325

-16%

32%

2-ethylhexanol (2-EH)

30,452

53%

40%

153

174%

-94%

N-butanol (NBA)

37,611

-4%

-23%

100.195

-91%

-

Phthalic anhydride (PA)

4,806

4%

-25%

1512.76

31%

76%

Dioctyl phthalate (DOP)

8,789

191%

99%

508.44

-67%

-39%

Polysilicon

7,896

50%

28%

108.517

10%

109%

Source: China Customs


By: Viola Pan
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