11 February 2013 22:54 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US butyl acetate (butac) exports in 2012 increased 23% over 2011, because of steady gains in shipments to most destination countries, according to data released on Monday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
US butac exports totalled 69,757 tonnes in 2012, compared with 56,620 tonnes in 2011.
Shipments to most destinations increased, with the most noticeable gains to India and Brazil.
India more than tripled its take to 5,572 tonnes in 2012, compared with 1,516 tonnes the previous year. Brazil increased its butac imports from the US by 24% last year to 9,017 tonnes, compared with 7,253 tonnes in 2011.
Mexico ranked as the top destination, taking 16,968 tonnes, or 24% of exports. Brazil ranked second, with 9,017 tonnes or 13% of exports.
Major US butac producers include Dow Chemical, Eastman Chemical and Oxea Group.
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