Japan's production of 14 primary chemcials increases in March

19 April 2013 09:40  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 14 primary chemicals increased in March from the same period a year earlier due to operating factors, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) said in a statement on Friday.

The chemicals which had higher year-on-year output include ethylene, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), styrene monomer (SM), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), according to JPCA’s official data.

Production of LDPE rose by 18% to 122,500 tonnes from the previous year, while output of HDPE jumped by 39% to 83,600 tonnes, based on the statistics.

Production of SM was up by 43% year on year to 227,700 tonnes, while output of PVC stood at 123,100 tonnes, a 13% increase, according to the JPCA.

Output of VCM was up by 37% to 185,900 tonnes, the data showed.

Japan’s production of ethylene rose by 18% to 556,100 tonnes in March from the same period a year earlier, according to the JPCA.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 80.7% in March, down from 83.5% from the year earlier, the data showed.

None of the crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in March, while two crackers, owned by two companies, were closed for turnarounds, the association said.

On the other hand, four chemicals including polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), butadiene rubber (BR) and acetaldehyde (ACH) had lower year-on-year output in March, according to the JPCA.

Production of PP fell by 9% to 179,000 tonnes from the previous year, while output of PS was down by 6% to 61,500 tonnes, the data showed.

Output of BR stood at 18,900 tonnes, a 13% decrease from a year earlier, while production of acetaldehyde declined by 1% to 8,900 tonnes, based on the statistics.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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