Japan's output of 12 primary petchem products increases in June

23 July 2013 13:55  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan's production of 12 primary petrochemical products, including ethylene, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polystyrene (PS), styrene monomer (SM) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), increased year on year in June due to operating factors, industry data showed on Tuesday.

Japan's output of ethylene rose by 13% to 519,300 tonnes in June from a year earlier, while production of LDPE increased by 16% to 120,800 tonnes, according to data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA). 

Two naphtha crackers were shut for turnarounds in June and in June 2012, the data showed.

The average operating rate of Japanese crackers was 86%, up from 79% the previous year, according to the JPCA.

Production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) increased by 52% to 187,900 tonnes in June year on year, while output of ethylene oxide (EO) was up by 46% to 46,800 tonnes, based on the figures.

Meanwhile, Japan's production of six chemicals, including high-density polyethylene (HDPE), methyl methacrylate (MMA) and acrylonitrile (ACN), fell year on year, according to the JPCA.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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