Japan March cast PP film output grows 11% from February

24 April 2012 11:57  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of cast polypropylene (PP) film in March increased by 11% to 13,358 tonnes from February, and up by 18% from the same period last year, industry statistics released on Tuesday showed.

Domestic shipments of cast PP film rose by 12% month on month to 12,828 tonnes, but fell 8.7% year on year, according to the Japan Polypropylene Film Industry Association.

Its exports of cast PP film increased by 18% to 453 tonnes in March from the previous month, but were down 11% from March 2011, based on the statistics.

Cast PP is a kind of soft and stretchable polymer that is commonly used in packaging food and clothing.

Meanwhile, Japan’s production of oriented PP film inched up by 0.7% to 19,788 tonnes in March from February, according to the association.

This represents a 4.6% increase on a year-on-year comparison, it said.

Oriented PP is a harder polymer that is mainly used for food packaging.

Domestic shipments of oriented PP film in Japan totalled 19,480 tonnes for March, up 14% from the previous month, but represents an 18% decrease from the year-before period, the data showed.

Its exports of oriented PP film declined 36% month on month to 330 tonnes in March, but up 7.8% year on year, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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