Japan PS production increases by 3% in December 2011

17 January 2012 11:06  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)-- Japan’s production of polystyrene (PS) rose by 3% to 45,247 tonnes in December 2011 from the previous month, supported by strong domestic demand, industry statistics showed on Tuesday.

This was a 25% decrease from the corresponding period a year earlier, based on the official data from the Japan Styrene Industry Association (JSIA).

Japan’s domestic demand for PS fell by 8% to 48,686 tonnes in December month on month and decreased by 18% year on year, according to the JSIA.

The country’s exports of PS rose by 35% to 1,707 tonnes in December from November and increased by 63% from the year-before period, the data showed.

In 2011, Japan produced a total of 673,835 tonnes of PS, down by 4% from 2010, and exported 22,499 tonnes of PS, a 20% decrease from the same period the previous year, according to the JSIA.

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