Japan's PS production increases 26% in December 2012

22 January 2013 12:19  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of polystyrene (PS) rose by 26% year on year to 56,924 tonnes in December 2012, official industry data showed on Tuesday.

Internal demand for PS increased by 19%, to 57,867 tonnes, in December from the same time a year earlier, according to the Japan Styrene Industry Association (JSIA).

Exports of PS fell by 41%, to 1,015 tonnes, in December from the previous year, the data showed.

The country’s output of PS totalled 633,268 tonnes in 2012, down 6% from 2011, according to the JSIA.

Internal demand declined by 4%, to 621,810 tonnes, in 2012 from the previous year, while exports fell by 15%, to 19,057 tonnes, based on the data.

Meanwhile, Japan’s production of styrene monomer (SM) rose by 3% year on year, to 229,828 tonnes, in December 2012, while internal demand increased by 6% to 118,696 tonnes from a year earlier, the data showed.

Exports of SM fell by 34% to 80,812 tonnes in December from the previous year, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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