19 October 2012 10:23 [Source: ICIS news]
Production of PVC rose by 20% to 125,500 tonnes in September from August, while the output of PS increased by 3% to 48,200 tonnes, according to the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).
The output of 16 other chemicals declined because of decreased operation days and other operating factors, according to the association.
The production of chemicals including ethylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), styrene monomer (SM), acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene rubber (BR) declined in September from the previous month, the association said.
The production of SM had the highest rate of decrease at 156,500 tonnes, down by 25% month on month, followed by the production of acrylonitrile (ACN), which was at 38,900 tonnes, a 19% decline, according to the official data released by JPCA.
The country’s production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer fell by 14% to 33,600 tonnes in September from August, while a total of 105,700 tonnes of LDPE was produced, down by 14% month on month, based on the statistics.
The association also announced year-on-year statistics. Japan’s output of nine primary chemicals including LDPE, HDPE, PP, PVC, BR, benzene and toluene increased in September 2012 from the corresponding period a year earlier, while the production of the remaining nine products decreased, the JPCA said.
The production of BR rose by 18% year on year to 20,900 tonnes in September, the largest rate of increase among the nine chemicals, followed by the production of toluene, which was at 109,700 tonnes, a 17% increase from the same period a year earlier, according to the association.
The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was at 84.3% in September, down from 86.7% in August, and fell from 90.6% in September 2011, according to the association.
Two crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in September, while one cracker was undergoing a turnaround in August, the association said.
Two crackers were also shut for maintenance in September 2011, the JPCA added.
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