Japan's ethylene exports increase by 52% in August

09 October 2013 13:29  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s exports of ethylene rose by 52% year on year to 86,600 tonnes in August, official data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Wednesday.

The country’s ethylene equivalent exports – which is the total for exported ethylene and the amount of ethylene contained in exported derivative products – stood at 217,600 tonnes, up 14% from the same time a year earlier, according to METI.

Of the total, exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) increased by 18% year on year to 13,143 tonnes, while exports of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) were down by 42% to 16,625 tonnes, the data showed.

Exports of styrene monomer (SM) stood at 87,324 tonnes, up 7.5% year on year, and exports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rose by 12% to 31,616 tonnes, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, Japan’s ethylene equivalent imports were down by 6.6% year on year to 54,100 tonnes in August, METI said.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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