Corrected: Japan's production of 14 primary chemicals falls in June

20 July 2012 09:18  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined "Japan's production of 14 primary chemicals falls in June" dated 20 July 2012, please read in the fifth paragraph ... The production of only four chemicals  toluene, butadiene rubber (BR), styrene monomer (SM) and vinyl chloride (monomer) (VCM)  increased in June from the previous month ... instead of ... The production of only four chemicals  including benzene, toluene and xylene  increased in June from the previous month... A corrected story follows.

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 14 primary chemicals decreased in June from the previous month, partly because of fewer operating days at plants, an industry association said in a statement on Friday.

Output of ethylene glycol (EG) fell by 42% month on month to 17,400 tonnes in June, while production of ethylene oxide (EO) decreased by 25% to 44,300 tonnes, official data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) showed on its web site.

Japan produced a total of 165,200 tonnes of polypropylene (PP) in June, down by 21% from May, while production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 20% month on month to 104,500 tonnes, according to the JPCA.

Ethylene output declined by 6.4% month on month to 460,800 tonnes in June, according to the JPCA.

The production of only four chemicals  toluene, butadiene rubber (BR), styrene monomer (SM) and vinyl chloride (monomer) (VCM)  increased in June from the previous month, the association said.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 79.4% in June, down from 86.1% a month earlier, the association said.

Two crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in both May and June, according to the association.

Japan produced a total of 2.96m tonnes of ethylene from January to June 2012, an 11% decrease from the same period a year earlier, the JPCA said.


By: Tomomi Yokomura
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