12 January 2012 11:33 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan produced a total of 524,300 tonnes of ethylene in December 2011, a 5.8% decrease from the previous month, official statistics from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Thursday.
This was a 19% decline from the same period a year earlier, the data showed.
No naphtha crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance, according to the ministry.
However, Japanese chemical producer Maruzen Petrochemical shut its 520,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at Chiba on 9 December, following a fire at the complex. Maruzen restarted the cracker on 22 December.
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