Japan's production of plastic feedstocks decline 6.5% in November

15 January 2013 10:15  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of plastic feedstocks fell by 6.5% year on year to 790,100 tonnes in November 2012, official industry data showed on Tuesday.

Among the total, production of methacrylate resin showed the largest decrease of 24% to 11,399 tonnes in November compared with the same period a year earlier, while output of polyethylene (PE) declined 3.9% year on year to 225,897 tonnes, according to the Japan Plastics Industry Federation (JPIF).

However, production of polyvinyl alcohol (pvoh) did increase by 9% to 19,768 tonnes from a year earlier, while the output of foamed polyurethane (PU) rose by 1.6% year on year to 16,439 tonnes, the data showed.

Japan’s production of plastic products was up by 0.8% year on year to 487,200 tonnes in November, according to the association.

Among the total, the production of film and sheets increased by 2.8% to 215,398 tonnes in November from the year-before period, while the output of pipes rose by 7.5% year on year to 43,231 tonnes.

The country’s exports of plastic feedstocks fell by 20% to 233,552 tonnes in November 2012 from November 2011, while imports were up by 11% to 209,725 tonnes, according to the JPIF.

Japan’s exports of plastic products rose by 7.6% year on year to 64,277 tonnes in November, while imports rose by 7.2% to 170,937 tonnes, the data showed.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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