21 January 2008 11:15 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s production of synthetic fibres in December fell 0.4% year on year, but overall output of man-made fibres increased 0.6%, supported by robust exports of cellulosic fibres, a spokesman from a local industry association said late on Monday.
The country produced a total of 99,591 tonnes of man-made fibres in December, according to the Japan Chemical Fibers Association.
Of the total, 85,550 tonnes were synthetic fibres, the association said.
Among the synthetic fibres, the production of acrylic staple in December increased 4.4% to 17,845 tonnes compared with the same period a year earlier, while nylon filament was down 3% to 10,127 tonnes.
Meanwhile, production of cellulosic fibres in December rose 7.2% year on year to 14,041 tonnes.
Among the cellulosic fibres, rayon staple production rose in December due to the increased exports of the product for use as flame-resisting non-woven fabric in November, the spokesman said.
This prevented the total production of man-made fibres in December from falling, he added.
However, specific production figures for rayon staple in December were unavailable.
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