US August MA exports down by 17% year on year

12 October 2012 19:01  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS) --US maleic anhydride (MA) exports in August were down by 17% year on year, according to US International Trade Commission (ITC) data released on Friday.

Exports were 4,471 tonnes, compared with 5,410 tonnes in August 2011.

Month on month, exports were 17% higher than the 3,835 tonnes shipped in July, according to the ITC.

Canada was the top destination for US MA exports in August at 1,437 tonnes, followed by Mexico, the UK and Colombia.

Nearly half of US MA material is used in the manufacture of unsaturated polyester resins (UPR), which are used heavily in the recreational boating industry and other related uses.

Major US MA producers include Huntsman, LANXESS, Ashland and Flint Hills Resources.

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