Japan March ethylene exports increase 32% in March

14 May 2013 17:24  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)-- Japan’s exports of ethylene increased by 32% to 69,038 tonnes in March from the same time a year earlier, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Tuesday.

The country’s ethylene equivalent exports – which include derivative products containing ethylene – stood at 219,000 tonnes in March, a 3.4% increase year on year, according to the METI.

Among the exported ethylene derivatives, exports of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) nearly doubled to 68,080 tonnes from the year earlier, while exports of ethylene glycol (EG) rose by 76% to 36,102 tonnes, based on the data.

However, exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 17% year on year to 16,663 tonnes, while exports of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) was down by 11% to 16,749 tonnes, the data showed.

Meanwhile, Japan’s ethylene equivalent imports rose by 3.4% to 52,700 tonnes in March from the year before, according to the METI.


By: Tomomi Yokomura
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