Japan's August VAM output down 14% on lower downstream demand

25 September 2012 12:10  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) fell by 14% year on year in August to 46,122 tonnes on lower downstream demand, official data from the Sakubi Poval Kogyokai (VAM PVOH industry association) showed on Tuesday.

This reflected decreased demand for use in polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and adhesives, according to the data.

Domestic shipments of VAM for PVOH declined by 11% year on year to 36,157 tonnes in August, while shipments for adhesives was down by 6% to 3,034 tonnes, according to the association.

Meanwhile, Japan’s output of PVOH decreased by 17% to 18,089 tonnes in August from the corresponding period in the previous year, the data showed.

The country domestically shipped 6,346 tonnes of PVOH for Vinylon fibres in August, a 10% year-on-year increase, while its shipments of PVOH for other primary fibres fell by 15% from August 2011, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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