18 January 2013 11:38 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of acrylic esters showed the largest year-on-year decline of 52% to 8,286 tonnes in November 2012 among other primary commodity chemicals, according to official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released on Friday.
Domestic sales of acrylic esters also decreased by 47% to 9,612 tonnes in November from the same period a year earlier.
Most of the other primary commodities also decreased from the previous year, the data showed.
Production of acetaldehyde declined significantly by 27% year on year to 11,020 tonnes, while its domestic sales fell by 22% to 8,795 tonnes.
The output of ammonia declined by 23% to 58,271 tonnes in November, but its domestic sales increased by 34% to 53,040 tonnes, according to the statistics.
Production of methacrylate resins stood at 11,243 tonnes in November, a 25% decrease from the year-before period, while its domestic sales totaled 10,169 tonnes, a 14% decline.
Meanwhile, the output of hydrochloric acid increased by 20% to 196,424 tonnes in November from the previous year, while its domestic shipments rose by 13% to 130,534 tonnes, according to the METI.
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