08 March 2013 10:27 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Finland’s chemical output dropped 2.5% in January 2013 from December 2012, according to official figures on Friday.
Year on year, the country’s chemical output fell by 0.8% in January, following three consecutive months of growth, Statistics Finland said.
Chemical capacity utilisation for the month was at 83.0%, according to the official statistics body, down from 84.1% in January 2012, but a rise from 79.7% in the previous month.
The statistics also show that Finnish production of wood and paper products – a key end-user market for the domestic chemical industry – rose 1.5% month on month in January and increased by 2.6% year on year.
Finnish wood and paper industry capacity utilisation was at 84.9% in January, up from 80.6% in the same month of 2012, and higher than the 75.6% rate recorded in December last year.
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