Japan's output of 11 primary chems increase in September - JPCA

18 October 2013 10:18  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 11 out of 18 primary chemicals in September increased on a year-on-year basis, with polystyrene (PS) recording a 26% increase to 60,800 tonnes, official industry data showed on Friday.

The country’s styrene monomer (SM) output also rose by 25% to 195,000 tonnes in September from the same time a year earlier (please see table below), while production of xylene increased by 19% year on year to 544,200 tonnes, according to Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA).

Its toluene output also grew, rising 15% year on year to 128,200 tonnes, according to the official web site.

In September, one naphtha cracker was shut for maintenance, while two crackers were taken off line due to turnarounds, JPCA said.

Japan’s average operating rate of its crackers was 84.8% in October, a slight increase from 84.3% a year earlier, it said.

The country’s production of eight other primary chemicals, however, declined, with polypropylene (PP) output dipping by 11% year on year to 170,600 tonnes, JPCA said.

Its production of acrylonitrile (ACN) was down 3% year on year to 37,800 tonnes, while output of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) fell by 2% to 103,500 tonnes, based on the data.

PRODUCT

September 2013

%Change MoM

%Change YoY

Ethylene

514,700

-8

4

LDPE

103,500

7

-2

HDPE

79,600

16

-1

PP

170,600

-10

-11

PS

60,800

8

26

SM

195,000

-15

25

PVC

123,000

5

-2

VCM

175,800

-7

2

MMA

33,300

-15

-1

EO

67,900

-9

1

EG

52,800

-15

1

Acetaldehyde

11,000

14

4

ACN

37,800

-14

-3

SBR

43,700

-8

5

BR

20,500

2

-2

Benzene

371,000

-7

7

Toluene

128,200

-11

15

Xylene

544,200

-9

19

Source: Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA)


By: Tomomi Yokomura
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