18 July 2012 09:23 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) decreased by 19% to 76,700 tonnes in June from the previous month because of plant shutdowns, the Vinyl Environmental Council (VEC) said on Wednesday.
“Some plants were shut [because of technical troubles] and turnarounds [of other plants] were delayed. It was a combination of these short-term factors [that caused the decrease in production],” Shigetaka Seki, Executive Director of the VEC said in Japanese at a press conference.
The country’s domestic shipments totalled 86,574 tonnes in June, a 1.4% increase from May, according to the association.
“From April to June, [domestic shipments] were increasing. I think the figures have been stable overall,” Seki said.
Domestic shipments for rigid PVC rose by 2.1% to 47,896 tonnes in June from the previous month, while shipments for flexible PVC increased by 3.5% to 22,962 tonnes, according to the VEC.
“Breaking down [the data for domestic shipments], [shipments for] pipes are showing a slightly upward movement. But the amount [of increase] is not large enough to clearly determine whether this resulted from demand for restoration work [following the earthquake and tsunami which hit northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011],” VEC chairman Shunzo Mori said.
Meanwhile, Japan’s PVC exports fell by 5.4% month on month to 17,186 tonnes in June, based on data from VEC.
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