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.
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