Japan VAM production down by 12% in April

19 June 2012 11:56  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) fell by 12% to 42,524 tonnes in April from the same period a year earlier, data released by the Sakubi POVAL Kogyokai (VAM-PVOH industry association) show on Tuesday.

The decline reflects decreased shipments for polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVA).

Domestic shipments of VAM for the production of PVOH declined by 15% year on year to 30,498 tonnes, while shipments for EVA also fell by 15% to 8,276 tonnes, according to the data.

VAM was not exported in April, the association said.

Meanwhile, the production of PVOH decreased by 19% to 14,239 tonnes in April from the same period a year before, the data show.

Domestic shipments of PVOH for vinylon fibres was down by 11% year on year to 5,637 tonnes in April, but 1,599 tonnes of PVOH was used for adhesives – a 4% increase from the same period a year before, according to the association.

Exports of PVOH declined by 12% year on year to 7,923 tonnes in April.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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