US Q4 EDC production rises 0.9% year on year

31 January 2013 23:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene dichloride (EDC) production rose to 4.52bn lb (2.05m tonnes) in the fourth quarter of 2012, up by 0.9% from 4.48bn lb in the same period in 2011, according to data published on Thursday by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

The year-on-year increase reflected a slight improvement in the demand for vinyl products such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), for which EDC is a precursor. PVC is used extensively in the construction industry.

The AFPM based its data on input from six companies – Dow Chemical, Formosa, Georgia Gulf, OxyChem, PPG Industries and Westlake.

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