24 May 2013 11:19 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 11 primary chemicals increased on a year on year basis in April amid a recovery in the domestic economy, industry data showed on Friday.
Among other chemicals, Japan’s output of ethylene rose by 17% year on year to 545,000 tonnes in April, based on official data by Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).
The country’s average operating rate of its naphtha crackers was 83.3% in April, up from 80.7% in March, and down from 87.3% from the year earlier, according to the association.
“[Japan’s] economy has entered a phase of economic growth, and the operating rate of naphtha crackers is expected to increase,” JPCA said in a statement on its website.
Among other chemicals which had higher year-on-year output, production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) increased by 44% to 83,600 tonnes from the previous year, according to the association.
Meanwhile, production of seven other chemicals fell year on year, with output of methyl methacryl (MMA) monomer falling by 24% to 33,300 tonnes, the data showed.
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