Japan's plastic feedstocks production falls 0.7% in July

09 September 2013 12:57  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of plastic feedstocks fell by 0.7% year on year to 818,200 tonnes in July, official data from the Japan Plastics Industry Federation (JPIF) showed on Monday.

Among the total, output of polyethylene (PE) decreased by 13% to 196,320 tonnes from the same month last year, while production of epoxy resins fell by 9.2% to 12,351 tonnes.

Production of polyvinyl alcohol in July rose by 43% year on year to 20,468 tonnes, while output of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) stood at 119,681 tonnes, a 3.4% increase, according to the data.

The country’s production of plastic products increased by 3.2% year on year to 504,100 tonnes in July, the JPIF said.

Of the total, production of film and sheet increased by 2.9% to 215,712 tonnes, while output of pipes rose by 21% to 41,578 tonnes, the statistics showed.

Production of fittings stood at 5,472 tonnes, an 11% rise from July 2012, while output of machine parts fell by 1.9% year on year to 60,794 tonnes, based on the data.

Japan’s exports of plastic feedstocks increased by 2.5% year on year to 288,004 tonnes in July, while exports of plastic products stood at 67,550 tonnes, a 2% increase, according to the association.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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