27 June 2013 16:14 [Source: ICIS news]
Within the last 12 months, from June 2012 to May 2013, apparent consumption of chemicals rose 2.6%, Abiquim said.
According to statistics technical director Fatima Giovanna Coviello Ferreira, domestic demand is still being met mainly by imports, whose volumes had a 32.8% increase year over year for the first five months of 2013.
Imports of intermediates for fertilizers and basic petrochemicals increased 51.6% and 27.1% in May, respectively, Abiquim said. Urea and methanol imports rose 78.7% and 25% in volume, respectively, the organisation said.
Polyethylene (PE) imports increased 20.6% in the period, the group said.
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