Japan's PS production decreases 7% year on year in January

19 February 2013 09:52  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of polystyrene (PS) fell by 7% year on year to 47,847 tonnes in January, official industrial data showed on Tuesday.

The country’s internal demand, meanwhile, declined by 4% to 45,301 tonnes in January from the same time a year earlier, according to the Japan Styrene Industry Association (JSIA).

Exports of PS were down by 21% year on year at 1,611 tonnes, the data showed.

Japan’s output of styrene monomer (SM), a feedstock of PS, decreased by 4% to 227,415 tonnes in January from a year ago, while internal demand was unchanged at 111,618 tonnes, based on the statistics.

The country exported 228,540 tonnes of SM in January, a 5% decline from the previous year, according to the JSIA.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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