Japan's ethylene exports increase 9.3% in December 2012

13 February 2013 16:37  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s ethylene exports rose by 9.3% to 52,611 tonnes in December 2012 from the same period a year earlier, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed late on Wednesday.

The country’s ethylene equivalent exports – which include derivative products containing ethylene – stood at 178,400 tonnes, a 3.4% increase from the previous year, according to the METI.

Among the exported ethylene derivatives, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 6.9% to 12,000 tonnes year on year, while 15,748 tonnes of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) were exported, a 5.6% year-on-year decrease, the data showed.

Exports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) stood at 22,828 tonnes in December, a 6.4% decline from December 2011, while 95,465 tonnes of styrene monomer (SM) were shipped out, a 12% decline, based on the statistics.

Japan’s ethylene equivalent imports increased by 23% year on year to 48,500 tonnes, the data showed.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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