Japan April output of 10 primary chemicals rises from March

25 May 2012 11:56  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s April production of 10 primary chemicals, including styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), acrylonitrile (ACN) and methyl methacrylate (MMA), increased from March, official industry data released on Friday showed.

The country’s production of SBR rose by 93% month on month to 35,400 tonnes in April, while its ACN output increased by 63% to 48,800 tonnes, according to Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).

Its production of acetaldehyde (ACH) was up 28% month on month to 11,500 tonnes in April, while MMA output grew 23% to 43,700 tonnes, the data showed.

Japan produced 17% more low density polyethylene (LDPE) in April at 121,100 tonnes compared with March, while its PP output rose by 15% to 225,000 tonnes, according to the statistics.

But its production of eight other chemicals, including ethylene, declined in April from March, JPCA said.

Japan’s ethylene output totalled 464,200 tonnes in April, down 1.3% from March, the industry data showed. On a year-on-year comparison, ethylene output also declined 7.7%.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 87.3% in April, up from 83.5% in March, but a decrease from 91.2% in the same period in 2011, the association said.

JPCA said that two crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in April, the same number of plants that had a turnaround in March, according to JPCA.

One cracker was shut for scheduled maintenance in April 2011, the association said.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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