20 September 2013 10:51 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 10 out of 18 primary chemicals increased in August on a year-on-year basis, with benzene registering a 10% increase to 398,800 tonnes, official industry data showed on Friday.
The country’s styrene monomer (SM) output also increased 9% year on year to 228,300 tonnes, while ethylene glycol (EG) production was up 8% to 62,000 tonnes, according to official data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).
Its styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) output also grew, rising 6% year on year to 47,300 tonnes, it said.
In August, two crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance, against one shut cracker in the same period last year, JPCA said.
Japan’s production of eight other primary chemicals, however, declined, with ethylene output dipping 0.8% to 557,700 tonnes in August as operating rates at the country’s crackers slipped to 84.8% from 86.7% in the same period last year, JPCA said.
Its production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) in August fell 21% year on year to 97,100 tonnes, while its high density polyethylene (HDPE) production declined 19% to 68,800 tonnes, it said.
Polypropylene production was 14% lower in August at 189,500 tonne compared with the same period last year, while VCM output was down 7% year on year at 189,000 tonnes, according to JPCA statistics.
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