20 December 2012 12:06 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 14 primary chemicals increased in November from the previous month, partly because most producers had restarted their plants after scheduled maintenance, an industry association said on Thursday.
The primary chemicals include ethylene, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), styrene monomer (SM), methyle methacryl (MMA) monomer, ethylene glycol (EG) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR).
The output of SM rose by 23% month on month to 222,600 tonnes, while production of MMA monomer was up by 19% to 31,200 tonnes, official data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) showed.
Production of LDPE rose by 13% to 124,100 tonnes in November from the previous month, while the output of butadiene rubber (BR) increased by 13% month on month to 20,900 tonnes, based on the data.
Four products including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), acetaldehyde (ACH) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) had lower output in November from the previous month, according to the JPCA.
Meanwhile, Japan’s production of ethylene rose by 8.1% month on month to 540,400 tonnes in November, according to the association.
The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 83.2% in November, with no crackers shut for maintenance, while October’s average operating rate was 83.9%, with one cracker shut for turnaround, JPCA said.
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