Japan's olefins production falls in April

31 May 2010 12:22  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan's olefins production fell in April from the same period last year, while output of polyolefins were steady to higher year on year, government data showed on Monday.

Production of ethylene decreased 9.8% year on year to 505,983 tonnes in April, while propylene output slipped 1.3% to 439,874 tonnes during the month, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Polyethylene (PE) production in April was at 210,504 tonnes was the same level as in the previous year, while output of polypropylene (PP) jumped 13% to 207,624 tonnes, according to METI.

Domestic shipments of olefins in April decreased year on year, while polyolefin shipments increased, according to METI.

A total of 410,673 tonnes of ethylene were shipped in April, down 3.1% from April 2009, while propylene shipments totalled 412,599 tonnes, down 3.9% year on year, the ministry said.

Shipments of PE was up 9.2% year on year to 259,757 tonnes in April, while a total of 218,947 tonnes of PP were shipped, representing a 23% surge, according to METI.

Meanwhile, production of pure benzene showed a 13% increase to 351,172 tonnes in April, while output of xylene rose 5.4% to 512,699 tonnes, according to the ministry.

Pure toluene production, meanwhile, fell 14% to 101,523 tonnes for the month, while paraxylene output slumped 14% to 255,992 tonnes, METI said.

Domestic shipments of pure benzene increased 16% year on year to 239,844 tonnes in April, while shipments of xylene rose 7.6% to 214,150 tonnes, government statistics showed.

Domestic shipments of pure toluene were 60,332 tonnes in April, a 28% year-on-year decline, while a total of 286,902 tonnes of paraxylene were shipped domestically in April, down 15% from the previous year, based on official data.

Among plastics, production of polyamide resins showed the largest year-on-year increase at 68% to 19,399 tonnes in April, followed by polycarbonate (PC), which rose by 67% to 23,429 tonnes, according to METI.

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