Japan's production of 10 chemicals increases in May - JPCA

22 June 2012 07:06  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 10 chemicals in May including high-density polyethylene (HDPE), styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and acrylonitrile (ACN) increased from April due to increased operations and fewer maintenance shutdowns, an industry association said on Friday.

Output of HDPE rose 41% month on month to 82,100 tonnes, while the production of SBR increased 42% to 50,200 tonnes, official data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) showed.

Japan produced a total of 64,100 tonnes of ACN in May, a 31% month-on-month increase, while the output of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was up 17% to 51,000 tonnes, according to the JPCA.

However, country’s production of eight other chemicals including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and acetaldehyde (ACH) fell in May from the previous month, the data showed.

Japan’s production of ethylene was up 6% month on month to 27,900 tonnes, according to JPCA.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 86.1% in May, down from 87.3% in April, the association said.
Two crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in both May and April, it added.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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