Japan's oriented PP film output up by 21% in September

23 October 2012 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of oriented polypropylene (PP) film increased by 21% to 18,654 tonnes in September from the previous month, official data from an industry association showed on Monday.

However, this is a 2.8% decrease from the same period a year earlier, according to the Japan Polypropylene Film Industry Association.

Domestic shipments totalled 17,691 tonnes, a 3.7% month-on-month increase, and a 6.9% year-on-year increase, the data showed.

Among domestic shipments, 13,449 tonnes of oriented PP film was used for food packaging in September, up by 8.6% from September 2011, while shipments for industrial purposes declined by 0.8% year on year to 3,075 tonnes, based on the data.

Exports of oriented PP film rose by 27% month on month to 346 tonnes, and fell by 0.3% year on year, according to the association.

Japan’s production of cast PP film increased by 45% to 12,529 tonnes in September from August, but declined by 8.7% from the corresponding period a year earlier, the data showed.

Total domestic shipments of cast PP film rose by 8.7% month on month to 12,144 tonnes, and increased by 2.6% year on year, while exports were up by 16% at 314 tonnes month on month, which is an increase of 7.9% year on year, according to the association. 

Oriented PP film and cast PP film are primarily used for food packaging and other industrial purposes.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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