Japan's PS production decreases 7% in January

19 February 2013 10:12  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s polystyrene (PS) production levels 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 to 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 the year before, 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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