06 February 2014 18:38 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US ethylene dichloride (EDC) production resurged in the fourth quarter, rising 3% year on year to 4.62bn lb (2.10m tonnes), according to figures available on Thursday by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
The rebound brought total 2013 US EDC production to 18.5bn lb, up 3% from the 2012 level of 17.9bn lb, the AFPM data revealed.
The year on year increase reflects increased demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as the US economy gains speed and as construction activity continues a slow return toward pre-2008 levels.
EDC is a precursor chemical to the production of PVC, which is used in pipe, siding, windows and door frames for home construction and for sheet and film plastics for packaging and other purposes. PVC is also used in various plastics for the automotive industry.
The AFPM EDC data included input from Axiall, Dow Chemical, Formosa Plastics, Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) and Westlake Chemical.
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