Japan November PS production down by 12% on lower exports

14 December 2011 11:14  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of polystyrene (PS) in November declined by 12% from the previous month to 43,776 tonnes, reflecting lower exports, official data from an industry association showed on Wednesday.

This was a 16% decrease from the same period a year earlier, according to the Japan Styrene Industry Association (JSIA).

Domestic shipments of PS in November rose by 1% month on month but fell by 14% year on year, to 52,774 tonnes. Japan exported 1,261 tonnes, down by 37% from the previous month and a fall of 30% from the corresponding period a year earlier, the data showed.

The country’s production of styrene monomer (SM), a feedstock of PS, increased by 17% in November from October, to 241,510 tonnes. This was a rise of 3% from November 2010, according to the association.

Domestic shipments of SM fell by 9% month on month and decreased by 15% year on year, to 108,562 tonnes, while exports were up by 50% from the previous month to 132,277 tonnes. This was a rise of 3% from the same time a year before, the JSIA data showed.

For more on PS and SM visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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