Japan's production of 17 out of 18 chemicals increase in October

22 November 2013 18:45  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of 17 out of 18 primary chemicals increased in October from the same time a year earlier, with methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer recording a 31% increase to 34,400 tonnes, official data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) showed on Friday.

The country’s styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) output rose by 30% year over year to 42,600 tonnes, while production of toluene was up by 29% to 144,500 tonnes, based on the data.

Its production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) grew by 28% to 140,100 tonnes, according to the official web site.

In October, one naphtha cracker was shut for scheduled maintenance, while one cracker was also shut for a turnaround a year earlier, JPCA said.

Japan’s average operating rate of its crackers was 87% in October and 84% the previous year, it added.

Production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), on the other hand, declined by 7% year over year to 78,800 tonnes in October, according to the association.

PRODUCT

October 2013

%Change MoM

%Change YoY

Ethylene

579,100

13

16

LDPE

140,100

35

28

HDPE

78,800

-1

-7

PP

190,000

11

9

PS

51,700

-15

2

SM

192,700

-1

6

PVC

125,200

2

11

VCM

178,600

2

8

MMA

34,400

3

31

EO

86,300

27

10

EG

66,400

26

10

Acetaldehyde

11,600

5

1

ACN

43,300

15

13

SBR

42,600

-2

30

BR

21,000

2

14

Benzene

388,100

5

14

Toluene

144,500

13

29

Xylene

541,700

0

16

Source: Japan Petrochemical Industry Association



By: Tomomi Yokomura
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