13 September 2012 15:44 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada-based chemicals producers ran their plants at an average capacity utilisation rate of 80.1% in the second quarter, compared with 79.9% in the first, a statistics agency said on Thursday.
Year on year, Canada’s second-quarter chemical plant utilisation rate was up by 3.5 percentage points from 76.6% in the 2011 second quarter, according to data from Statistics Canada.
In the plastics industry, plant capacity utilisation fell to 77.1% in the second quarter, from 77.8% in the first. In the 2011 second quarter, that sector’s capacity utilisation was 72.1%.
In the rubber industry, second-quarter plant capacity utilisation was 81.6%, compared with 86.0% in the 2012 first quarter and 84.6% in the 2011 second quarter.
In the 2011 second quarter, the overall manufacturing plant capacity utilisation rate was 78.4%.
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