Japan's production of 12 primary chemicals increase in May

21 June 2013 08:34  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 12 primary chemicals increased year on year in May because of increased operation days, according to official statement posted on the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) website on Friday.

Among these chemicals, output of ethylene rose by 13% to 554,200 tonnes, the data showed.

The average operating rate of the country’s naphtha crackers was 85% in May, down from 86% in the same period a year earlier, based on the JPCA data.

One cracker was shut for scheduled maintenance in May, while two crackers were shut the previous year, according to the JPCA.

Production of ethylene glycol (EG) increased by 84% year on year to 55,200 tonnes, while output of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) rose by 82% to 202,400 tonnes, based on the data.

However, output of six chemicals decreased in May from the same time the previous year, according to JPCA.

Among these chemicals, production of all four primary resins — high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) — fell from the year ago period, JPCA said.

Output of HDPE fell by 3% year on year to 79,700 tonnes, while production of LDPE decreased by 10% to 117,400 tonnes, the data showed.

Production of PS stood at 51,800 tonnes, down by 1% from the year earlier, while output of PP fell by 15% to 177,200 tonnes, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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