Japan's ethylene exports increase by 18% in February

11 April 2013 13:00  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s exports of ethylene increased by 18% to 58,926 tonnes in February from the same period a year earlier, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Thursday.

The country’s ethylene equivalent exports – which include derivative products containing ethylene – stood at 184,800 tonnes in February, a 13% increase year on year, based on the data.

Among the exported ethylene derivatives, exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 16% to 11,986 tonnes from the previous year, while exports of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) were down by 26% to 12,374 tonnes, according to METI.

On the other hand, Japan exported 28,240 tonnes of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in February, a 37% increase from the year before, while exports of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) more than doubled to 62,052 tonnes year on year, the data showed.

The country’s ethylene equivalent imports rose by 2% to 50,200 tonnes in February from the same period a year earlier, based on the statistics

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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