20 October 2008 11:50 [Source: ICIS news]
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Meanwhile, the JSIA said Japan produced 195,253 tonnes of styrene monomer (SM) in September, a 29% decrease from the year before, because of production cuts at some plants.
Total domestic PS shipments declined 14% to 61,626 tonnes year on year, according to the association. This was the first month of decrease since January 2007, it added.
Among the domestic shipments, which decreased for all categories of use, shipments of PS for home appliances were favourable, while applications for digitalised electronic products for homes decreased compared with the high volume in the year-ago period, the JSIA said.The association neither stated the location of the plants experiencing reduced production nor the names of their operators. No PS units were shut for turnarounds, it added.
Exports of PS in September totalled 3,047 tonnes, down 25% year on year, the association said.
The association said two SM units were undergoing turnarounds, but did not specify the two companies that operate them.
Among domestic shipments, which fell 22% to 131,707 tonnes year on year, demand for synthetic rubber was robust, while applications for PS - the primary use of SM - decreased due to the reduced production at PS units, the association said.
Exports of SM were weak in September, and volume was down 43% to 71,580 tonnes year on year, the association said.For more on PS and styrene visit ICIS chemical intelligence
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