US Q1 EDC production declines 19% year on year

30 April 2013 18:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene dichloride (EDC) production in the first quarter declined to 3,631,728 tonnes in the first quarter of 2013, down by 19% from the same period in 2012, according to data received on Tuesday by ICIS from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The decline is largely attributable to the usual slowdown in US home construction during the winter months. EDC is a precursor for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is widely used in homebuilding applications such as piping and siding.

First-quarter production also declined by 20% from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the AFPM data.

The AFPM data was based on data from the following companies:  Dow, Formosa, Westlake, Oxychem, Georgia Gulf and PPG Industries. During the first quarter, Georgia Gulf and PPG Industries merged their chlor-alkali operations to form a new company, Axiall.

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