US May methyl methacrylate exports fall 16% year on year

08 July 2013 19:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)—US May exports of methyl methacrylate (MMA) fell by 16% year on year, according to data released on Monday by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

US May exports of MMA totaled 6,457 tonnes compared with 7,728 tonnes a year ago.

Month on month, May exports fell by 21% from 8,207 tonnes in April.

Most of the decline in volumes is being driven by softer-than-expected demand, especially in the coatings market.

On the import side, May MMA volumes fell to 79 tonnes from 2,453 tonnes a year ago and 629 tonnes in April.

Buying interest in spot material remains soft, sources said.

Major US MMA producers include Arkema, Dow Chemical, Evonik and Lucite.

By: John Dietrich

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