Japan's ethylene exports increase by 33% in April

10 June 2013 13:34  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s exports of ethylene increased by 33% year on year to 72,629 tonnes in April compared with the same month in 2012, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Monday.

The country’s ethylene equivalent exports - which is the total for exported ethylene and the amount of ethylene contained in the exported derivative products - stood at 192,400 tonnes in April, up by 23% year on year, according to METI.

Among the exported ethylene derivatives, exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased by 13% to 12,745 tonnes in May from the year earlier, while exports of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fell by 4.4% to 11,089 tonnes, the data showed.

However, exports of styrene monomer (SM) rose sharply by 58% year on year to 101,570 tonnes, while exports of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) increased by 49% to 59,387 tonnes.

Meanwhile, Japan’s ethylene-equivalent imports increased by 2.1% to 58,000 tonnes, according to METI.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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