Japan July VAM output falls 30% on year as demand weakens

07 September 2012 10:45  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) in July declined to 37,464 tonne, down by 30% year on year, reflecting weaker demand for some applications, official industry statistics showed on Friday.

Domestic shipments of VAM for the production of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) for July fell by 21% year on year to 27,059 tonnes, while those for the manufacture of adhesives declined by 6% to 3,245 tonnes, according to the Sakubi POVAL Kogyokai (VAM PVOH industry association).

Meanwhile, the country’s PVOH output fell by 22% year on year to 14,394 tonnes in July, the data showed.

Domestic shipments of PVOH for vinylon fibres fell by 2% to 6,389 tonnes in July. PVOH shipments for adhesives, on the other hand, increased 22% year on year to 2,085 tonnes, according to the association.

Japan’s VAM producers include VAM & Poval Co and Showa Denko, while PVOH producers include VAM & Poval Co and Kuraray.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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