Japan's production of 12 primary chemicals rises in January- JPCA

21 February 2013 13:50  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 12 out of 18 primary chemicals including ethylene, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), AND methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer increased in January from the same time a year earlier, official data from an industry association showed on Thursday.

Production of VCM saw the largest increase by 28% year on year to 206,700 tonnes, followed by MMA monomer, which stood at 41,700 tonnes, a 17% increase, according to the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).

Output of butadiene rubber rose by 14% to 27,400 tonnes from the previous year, while production of toluene was up by 12% to 147,300 tonnes, the data showed.

However, production of six chemicals declined in January from a year earlier, based on the data.

Output of acetaldehyde saw the greatest decline by 36% year on year to 11,300 tonnes, followed by polypropylene which stood at 215,200 tonnes, a 14% decrease, according to the JPCA.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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