EU April VAM imports rise sharply year on year – Eurostat

18 June 2014 10:12 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) imports into the EU from the rest of the world increased by 70% year on year in April, data from European statistics agency Eurostat showed on Wednesday.

This was indicative of structural changes in the market since the fourth quarter of 2013, when two major European VAM plants closed permanently.

Starting in late February, outages prompted two of the four American producers to declare force majeure, with the other two producers experiencing plant or supply issues.

April VAM exports from the EU fell by 59% year on year, although the volumes involved are small by comparison.

EU April VAM import and export data by Eurostat (units: tonnes)




April 2013



April 2014



Change year on year (%)



Eurostat import/export data is subject to revision as more detailed information becomes available. EU figures comprise the aggregate of member states data published by Eurostat.

By Samuel Weatherlake