Japan's plastic feedstock production increases 0.3% in April

11 June 2012 12:28  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of plastic feedstocks rose 0.3% year on year to 812,500 tonnes in April, an industry federation said on Monday.

“This was because [the production of plastic feedstocks in] the entire month of April last year was influenced by the [11 March 2011] earthquake,” Tetsushi Suzuki from the Japan Plastics Industry Federation (JPIF) said in Japanese at a press conference.

April production of plastic feedstocks rose 8.1% from the previous month, according to the JPIF.

The country’s output of plastic products in April fell 2% to 476,200 tonnes compared with the same period the year before, while it remained unchanged from March, the federation said.

Meanwhile, Japan’s exports of plastic feedstocks were down 11% year on year to 300,665 tonnes in April, while imports fell 13% year on year to 187,574 tonnes, the JPIF said.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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