Japan's PVC exports increase 41% in January

20 February 2013 08:00  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s exports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rose by 41% year on year to 25,592 tonnes in January, official data from the Vinyl Environmental Council (VEC) showed on Wednesday.

The country’s PVC exports are on a recovery trend, Shigetaka Seki, an executive director of the VEC, said at a press conference.

Production of PVC increased by 4.1% to 115,085 tonnes from the same time a year earlier, while domestic shipments fell by 2.3% to 82,777 tonnes, according to the VEC.

Production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) was up by 28% to 206,651 tonnes from the same period the previous year, reflecting higher PVC production, while domestic VCM shipments rose by 3.5% to 123,737 tonnes, Seki said.

Exports of VCM jumped by 92% to 46,531 tonnes, the data showed.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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