Japan's ethylene exports declined by 7% in November 2012

17 January 2013 10:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan's exports of ethylene fell by 17% year on year to 53,027 tonnes in November 2012, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Thursday.

The country's ethylene-equivalent exports – which include derivative products containing ethylene – stood at 161,800 tonnes, an 18% decrease from the same period a year earlier, according to the METI.

Among the exported ethylene derivatives, exports of polystyrene (PS) foam showed the largest year-on-year decline, falling by 67% to 460 tonnes in November, followed by vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), which stood at 15,221 tonnes, a 53% decrease, the data showed.

Exports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 6.2% year on year to 11,839 tonnes, while 16,839 tonnes of high density polyethylene (HDPE) was exported in November, a 1.2% increase from the previous year, according to the statistics.

Meanwhile, Japan's ethylene-equivalent imports increased by 29% year-on-year to 68,300 tonnes in November , the METI data showed.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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