US May ethylene dichloride exports rise on downstream plant outages

14 July 2014 20:30 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US May exports of ethylene dichloride (EDC) continued an upward glide as outages at downstream plants sent more US EDC into international markets, according to figures from the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

US EDC exports hit 146,935 tonnes in May, up 16% from April’s 126,642 tonnes and up 60% from the 92,005 tonnes shipped in May of 2013.

Although the US is in a long-term trend of growing EDC exports, they have been up even more sharply this year with the outage of Axiall’s downstream PHH vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It has been out of commission for most of the first half of the year. Unable to use its EDC at the VCM plant, the company has sold it into international markets.

US exports of EDC are up 25% so far this year, or by about 104,135 tonnes, according to the ITC figures. The US does not import any significant amount of the material.

Major US EDC producers include Axiall, Dow Chemical, Formosa Plastics, OxyVinyls and Westlake Chemical.

US ethylene dichloride exports

EXPORTS

May 14

May 13

April 14

YTD 2014

YTD 2013

change

Total

146,935

92,005

126,642

517,050

412,915

25

China

49,841

29,669

32,449

154,430

160,721

-4

Japan

43,863

31,649

41,528

123,367

101,590

21

Korea

21,383

19,733

13,255

80,444

79,881

1

Taiwan

10,876

3,333

9,193

41,461

18,729

121

India

6,436

2,000

4,877

51,468

19,177

168

Egypt

3,149

5,350

20,400

46,316

21,018

120

Source: The US International Trade Commission

By Bill Bowen