12 October 2012 18:12 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US exports of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) in August 2012 were down by 54% from 2011, according to data made available by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.
MDI exports in August 2012 decreased to 841 tonnes from 1,834 tonnes in 2011.
Month on month, exports dropped by 28% from 1,160 tonnes in July, the ITC said.
Through August, exports dropped by 40% to 7,847 tonnes, compared with 13,185 tonnes in the first eight months of last year, according to the ITC.
The decrease from 2011 to 2012 was a result of smaller volumes being shipped to Brazil and China.
Top destinations for US MDI in 2012 were Mexico (2,747 tonnes), Brazil (2,207 tonnes) and Venezuela (477 tonnes).
US MDI suppliers are Bayer MaterialScience, Huntsman, BASF and Dow Chemical.
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