Japan's production of ten primary chemicals increase in October

16 November 2012 12:24  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of ten primary chemicals, including ethylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polystyrene (PS), styrene monomer (SM), ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) increased in October from the previous month, partly because most chemical producers had already restarted their plants after scheduled turnarounds, an industry association said on Friday.

Production of EO rose by 17% to 78,600 tonnes in October from September, while output of SM was up by 16% to 181,300 tonnes, according to the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).

EG output increased by 15% to 60,300 tonnes, while acetaldehyde production fell by 9% to 11,500 tonnes, official data from JPCA showed.

Production of LDPE was up by 4% month on month to 109,600 tonnes in October, while output of HDPE was up by 6% to 85,100 tonnes.

However, the output of eight chemicals decreased in October from September, the association said.

Production of methyl methacrylate (MMA) had the highest rate of decline, at 26,300 tonnes in October – down by 22% from the previous month, followed by styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) at 32,800 tonnes – a 21% month-on-month decrease, according to the JPCA.

The output of butadiene rubber declined by 11% to 18,500 tonnes, while production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fell by 10% to 112,800 tonnes, the data show.

Japan produced 500,000 tonnes of ethylene in October, a 1.4% increase from September, according to the JPCA.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 83.8% in October, down from 84.3% in September, the association said.

One unspecified cracker was shut for scheduled maintenance in October, while two crackers were shut the previous month, according to the JPCA.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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