11 July 2012 20:51 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) exports in May 2012 were down by 38% from 2011, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday.
MDI exports in May 2012 decreased to 1,176 tonnes from 1,908 tonnes in 2011.
Month on month, exports rose by 66% from 709 tonnes in April, the ITC said.
Through May, exports dropped by 44% to 4,166 tonnes, compared with 7,503 tonnes in the first five months of last year, according to the ITC.
The decrease from 2011 to 2012 was a result of smaller volumes being shipped to Brazil.
Top destinations for US MDI for the year through May in 2012 were Mexico (1,715 tonnes), Brazil (859 tonnes) and Taiwan (349 tonnes).
US MDI suppliers are Bayer MaterialScience, Huntsman, BASF and Dow Chemical.
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