11 March 2013 13:13 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan's production of plastic feedstocks decreased by 2.3% year on year to 863,900 tonnes in January, official industry data showed on Monday.
"(Japan's production of plastic feedstocks) is continuing to be in a harsh situation even into the new year," Tetsushi Suzuki, an official from the Japan Plastics Industry Federation (JPIF) said at a press conference.
Among the total, output of polyethylene (PE) increased by 7.1% to 246,899 tonnes in January from the previous year, while production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rose by 4.8% to 121,437 tonnes, according to the federation.
Output of polypropylene (PP), however, was down by 14% year on year to 212,750 tonnes, while polystyrene (PS) production fell by 9.3% to 91,157 tonnes, the data showed.
Japan's production of plastic products, meanwhile, stood at 418,500 tonnes in January, a 0.4% increase from the same time a year earlier, based on the data.
Among the total, output of film and sheet rose by 5.1% year on year to 186,808 tonnes, while the production of machine and equipment parts was down by 7.2% to 51,767 tonnes, according to the JPIF.
Japan's exports of plastic feedstocks increased by 4.7% year on year to 248,785 tonnes in January, while imports increased by 4.3% to 201,729 tonnes, the statistics showed.
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