Japan shipments of foamed PS sheets decrease by 13% in May

13 June 2012 13:35  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s domestic shipments of polystyrene paper (PSP), or foamed polystyrene sheets, decreased by 13% from April to 7,420 tonnes in May, official data from an industry association showed on Wednesday.

This reflected a decline in demand for applications including roll trays and laminated bowls, according to the Japan Foamed Polystyrene Sheet Industry Association.

Compared with the same time a year earlier, the country’s domestic PSP shipments decreased by 3.3%, the data showed.

Among the total, domestic shipments of PSP for roll trays fell by 7.1% month on month to 3,270 tonnes in May, and declined by 7.9% year on year, according to the association.

Japan shipped 2,230 tonnes of laminated bowls in May, a 22% decrease from April and a fall of 12% from May 2011, the data showed.

PSP is primarily used for packaging food products such as fresh seafood and meat, as well as bowls for instant noodles.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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