14 January 2013 22:00 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethyl acetate (etac) imports in November dropped by almost 28% year on year while exports increased about 10% according to data released Monday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
Etac imports totalled 3,890 tonnes, compared with 5,388 tonnes in November 2011.
Smaller shipments from Mexico and South Africa accounted for all of the import decline and then some, with those two countries receiving a combined 2,617 tonnes in November compared with 4,111 tonnes in the same month last year.
Etac exports, usually considerably less than imports, totalled 2,324 tonnes, up by almost 10% compared with 2,119 tonnes in November last year.
The export increase stemmed from shipments to Mexico and Chile, which took 930 tonnes in November compared with only 42 tonnes in the same month of 2011.
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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