30 October 2012 11:14 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) decreased by 24% to 37,028 tonnes in September from the corresponding period a year earlier, reflecting lower demand for polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), according to official data from an industry association on Tuesday.
Domestic shipments of VAM for use in PVOH fell by 31% year on year to 26,329 tonnes, while shipments for adhesives nearly halved to 1,995 tonnes, according to VAM PVOH industry association Sakubi POVAL Kogyokai.
Exports of VAM rose by 85% to 1,899 tonnes in September year on year, based on the data.
Meanwhile, Japan’s output of PVOH fell by 32%, to 14,010 tonnes, in September 2012 from September 2011, the data showed.
Shipments of PVOH for vinylon fibres plummeted by 91%, to 378 tonnes, in September from the year-before period, while shipments for adhesives rose by 12% to 1,996 tonnes, according to the association.
Exports of PVOH declined by 7% year on year to 7,210 tonnes in September, based on the statistics.
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