Japan’s PS production falls 7% to 60,643 tonnes in April

15 May 2012 10:43  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of polystyrene (PS) decreased 7% to 60,643 tonnes in April from the previous month, reflecting lower domestic demand, official data from the Japan Styrene Industry Association (JSIA) showed on Tuesday.

This was a 13% decline from the same time a year earlier, according to the association.

Domestic shipments of PS were down 22% month on month to 51,392 tonnes in April, and decreased 10% year on year, the data showed.

Japan exported 1,593 tonnes of PS in April, a 10% decrease from March and a 28% decline from April last year, according to JSIA.

Meanwhile, the country’s production of styrene monomer (SM) increased 7% to 170,041 tonnes in April from March, and declined 17% from April 2011, based on the data.

Domestic shipments of SM were up 13% month on month to 121,906 tonnes in April, and down 9% from the year-before period, according to the association.

Exports of SM totalled 60,044 tonnes in April, a 19% decrease from the previous month, and an 11% decline from April last year, the data showed.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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