Japan domestic shipments, exports of primary resins fell in 2011

29 February 2012 11:01  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s domestic shipments and exports of the four primary resins - low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) - decreased in 2011 from the previous year, official ministry data showed on Wednesday.

A total of 1.34m tonnes of LDPE was shipped within Japan from January to December 2011, down 5% from 2010, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Among different applications of LDPE, demand for film production was the highest at 653,578 tonnes, a 9% decrease from the previous year, the data showed.

A total of 190,164 tonnes of LDPE was exported in 2011, a 23% decline from 2010, according to the ministry.

Japan domestically shipped 789,312 tonnes of HDPE in 2011, down 7% from the previous year, while it exported 127,210 tonnes, a 24% decrease from a year before, the METI statistics showed.

The country’s domestic shipments of PP decreased 7% year on year to 2.29m tonnes in 2011, while exports of the product fell 9% to 240,772 tonnes from the previous year.

Japan shipped 649,388 tonnes of PS domestically in 2011, down 6% from 2010, while exports of PS fell 20% year on year to 22,499 tonnes, according to METI.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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