Japan's production of 13 primary chemicals increase

23 August 2013 09:10  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 13 primary chemicals increased in July from the same time a year earlier because of unspecified operating factors, official industry data showed on Friday.

The chemicals include ethylene, low density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and ethylene glycol (EG).

Japan’s output of ethylene stood at 542,000 tonnes, a 3.6% year-on-year increase, according to the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).

Two naphtha crackers in the country were shut for maintenance in July 2013, while one cracker was shut for turnaround in July 2012, according to the association.

The average operating rate of Japan’s naphtha crackers was 86.7% in July, up from 83.4% a year earlier, JPCA said.

Production of LDPE rose by 2% year on year to 131,300 tonnes, while PP output was up by 5% to 191,300 tonnes, the data showed.

Output of VCM was at 190,400 tonnes, a 14% increase from July 2012, while production of EG rose by 6% to 55,800 tonnes, based on the data.

However, Japan’s production of five chemicals including methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer, acrylonitrile (ACN) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) decreased in July from the year before, according to JPCA.

Output of MMA monomer fell by 9% to 38,500 tonnes, while production of ACN stood at 46,800 tonnes, down by 5% year on year, based on the statistics.

Production of SBR was at 48,700 tonnes, down 8% from the year earlier, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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