Japan's production of 7 primary chemicals up in April, 11 down

23 May 2014 10:48 Source:ICIS News

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of seven primary chemicals increased in April from the corresponding period a year earlier due to unspecified operating factors, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) said in a statement on Friday.

Among these chemicals, output of low density polyethylene (LDPE) increased by 17% year on year to 140,200 tonnes, while production of polypropylene (PP) rose by 16% to 217,100 tonnes, JPCA’s official data showed.

Production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) stood at 114,300 tonnes, up by 9% year on year, while output of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer rose by 24% to 43,200 tonnes, based on the figures.

However, the country’s output of 11 chemicals decreased in April from the year-before period, according to the JPCA.

Production of ethylene declined by 7.6% year on year to 503,400 tonnes, but the average operating rate of the naphtha crackers increased to 91% from 84% in the corresponding period a year earlier, the data showed.

Three naphtha crackers were shut for scheduled maintenance in April, but no crackers were shut for the same reason in April 2013, the association said.

Production of high density polyethylene (HDPE) plummeted by 56% to 36,900 tonnes from the same time the previous year, while output of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) fell by 1% to 194,600 tonnes, based on the statistics.

Output of polystyrene (PS) stood at 49,100 tonnes, down by 15% year on year, while production of styrene monomer (SM) fell by 16% to 177,200 tonnes, according to the data.

Japan’s chemical production in April 2014

PRODUCT

April 2014

%Change MoM

%Change YoY

Ethylene

503,400

1

-7.6

LDPE

140,200

4

17

HDPE

36,900

-33

-56

PP

217,100

6

16

PS

49,100

-2

-15

SM

177,200

22

-16

PVC

114,300

1

9

VCM

194,600

24

-1

MMA

43,200

5

24

EO

72,300

-7

1

EG

53,800

-9

-3

Acetaldehyde

4,900

-36

-49

ACN

38,100

53

-9

SBR

36,300

30

17

BR

24,600

13

9

Benzene

359,800

-6

-4

Toluene

123,200

-4

-12

Xylene

503,600

-10

-10

By Tomomi Yokomura