Japan's production of 9 primary chemicals increases in February

22 March 2013 08:41  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s output of nine out of 18 primary chemicals increased year on year in February, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) said in a statement on Friday.

The nine primary chemicals include high density polyethylene (HDPE), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), butadiene rubber (BR), toluene, xylenes and others.

“Sluggish demand for polyethylene (PE) has bottomed out, and [demand] is showing signs of recovery,” the JPCA said in Japanese on its official web site.

Among the chemicals which production increased, output of HDPE increased by 11% year on year to 79,100 tonnes in February, while production of PS rose by 11% to 54,100 tonnes, according to the association.

Production of BR was up by 13% to 23,400 tonnes in February from a year earlier, while 129,500 tonnes of toluene was produced in February, up by 19% year on year, based on the statistics.

Output of xylenes went up by 5% year on year to 531,900 tonnes, according to the association.

However, production of nine other chemicals decreased in February from the same time a year ago because of decreased operation days and other operating factors, JPCA said.

Production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 6% to 11,600 tonnes from the previous year, while output of polypropylene (PP) declined by 15% to 178,400 tonnes, based on the statistics.

Output of acrylonitrile (ACN) dropped by 27% year on year to 35,200 tonnes, while production of styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) stood at 38,600 tonnes, down by 14% from the previous year, the data showed.  

Japan produced a total of 525,500 tonnes of ethylene in February, almost the same level as a year earlier, according to the JPCA.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 84.5% in February, unchanged from the same month last year, the data showed.

None of the crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in February 2013 or February 2012, based on the JPCA data.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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