09 November 2012 19:53 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethyl acetate (etac) imports in September rose by 39% year on year, largely on shipments from South Africa, according to data released on Friday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
Etac imports totalled 5,091 tonnes, compared with 4,900 tonnes in September 2011.
Shipments from South Africa accounted for much of the increase, with the country shipping 968 tonnes more of etac during the month for a total of 1,809 tonnes, compared with 841 tonnes in the same month last year.
The gain from South Africa was offset somewhat by Mexico, the top etac exporter to the US in September. Mexico shipped 823 tonnes less, for a total of 2,242 tonnes, compared with 3,065 tonnes in the same month of 2011.
Etac exports, usually much smaller than imports, totalled 1,157 tonnes, down by 67% compared with 3,466 tonnes in September, on reduced shipments to many countries outside of the top 10 destinations.
Etac is a major ingredient in inks and coatings, particularly in nail polish.
Major US etac producers include Celanese and Eastman Chemical.
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