Japan’s September ethylene exports rise 57% year on year

11 November 2013 13:11  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s ethylene exports rose by 57% year on year to 91,371 tonnes in September, official statistics from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) showed on Monday.

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 206,100 tonnes, a 12% increase from the same time the previous year, according to METI.

Of the total, exports of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) increased by 15% year on year to 12,543 tonnes, but exports of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fell by 43% to 12,834 tonnes, the data showed.

Exports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) decreased by 2.6% to 30,673 tonnes from the year earlier, while exports of styrene monomer (SM) rose by 29% to 78,433 tonnes, based on the data.

Exports of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) stood at 58,529 tonnes, up by 0.9% from the previous year, and exports of ethylene glycol (EG) fell by 35% to 17,104 tonnes, the statistics showed.

Japan’s ethylene equivalent imports increased by 10% to 56,600 tonnes in September, according to METI.

By: Tomomi Yokomura
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