20 May 2011 09:23 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--The restart of some of Japan’s petrochemical plants have resulted in an increase in the country’s output of petrochemical products in April, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) said in a statement on Friday.
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The country’s production of seven products out of 18 primary chemicals, including high density polyethylene (HDPE), polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile (ACN), styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), butadiene rubber (BR) and toluene, increased from March because of the differences in scale of the scheduled maintenance and operating factors at the plants, the statement said.
Japan’s output of 10 products, including ethylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer (SM), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride (monomer) (VCM), benzene and xylene, decreased in April year on year because of the impact of the disaster and the plants’ operating factors, the statement said.
The output of SBR showed the largest month-on-month increase by 44% to 34,500 tonnes in April, up by 1% from the same period in 2010, while 66,500 tonnes of ACN was produced, up by 5% from March and a 53% increase from a year earlier, the statement said.
The exports of three out of the four primary resins, namely LDPE, HDPE and PP, decreased from the previous month because producers had prioritised
domestic shipments over exports to meet the demand of the relief works following the disaster, the statement said.
The country’s exports of PS rose by 22% to 2,200 tonnes month on month and decreased by 1% year on year, the statement added.
The average operating rates of
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