Japan's plastic feedstock production down by 1.8% in May

08 July 2013 15:46  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of plastic feedstocks decreased by 1.8% year on year to 825,100 tonnes in May, industry data showed on Monday.

Among plastic feedstocks, output of polypropylene (PP) fell by 15% to 174,782 tonnes from the same time a year earlier, according to official data from the Japan Plastics Industry Federation (JPIF).

Production of methacrylates declined by 13% year on year to 13,905 tonnes, while output of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) increased by 24% to 123,706 tonnes.

Meanwhile, Japan’s production of plastic products increased by 1.3% year on year to 469,100 tonnes in May, according to the JPIF.

Among the total, output of film and sheets rose by 3% to 207,180 tonnes from the previous year, while production of pipes stood at 33,271 tonnes, a 6.4% increase from the year before, the statistics showed.

Production of fittings was up by 13% year on year to 4,871 tonnes.

The country’s exports of plastic feedstocks fell by 6.9% year on year to 277,133 tonnes in May, while imports rose by 3.9% to 238,979 tonnes, based on the data.

Its exports of plastic products rose by 2.2% to 68,153 tonnes in May from the same time a year earlier, while imports increased by 2% to 171,249 tonnes, according to the Federation.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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