Japan's production of 6 primary chemicals rises in May, 12 down

19 June 2014 11:26 Source:ICIS News

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of six chemicals increased in May from the same month last year because some plants were shut for scheduled maintenance, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association (JPCA) said on Thursday.

The association did not mention specific plants which were shut, however.

Among these chemicals, output of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer increased 22% year on year to 45,100 tonnes, while production of toluene rose 11% to 147,300 tonnes, based on JPCA data.

Output of acrylonitrile increased 5% to 46,500 tonnes from the corresponding period a year earlier, the data showed.

However, the country’s production of 12 chemicals had lower production in May from the same time a year before, according to the JPCA.

Output of ethylene fell 4.3% year on year to 530,400 tonnes, with an average operating rate of 91% in May, up from 85% in May 2013, the data showed.

Two naphtha crackers were shut for turnaround in May, while one cracker was undergoing a turnaround a year earlier, according to the association.

Production of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) decreased 10% to 71,500 tonnes from the year-earlier period, while production of polypropylene (PP) fell 11% to 158,300 tonnes, based on the statistics.

Output of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) declined 12% year on year to 178,700 tonnes in May, the data showed.

The below is a table of Japan’s chemical production in May.

PRODUCT

May 2014

% Change MoM

% Change YoY

Ethylene

530,400

5.4

-4.3

LDPE

128,500

-8

9

HDPE

71,500

94

-10

PP

158,300

-27

-11

PS

55,500

13

7

SM

236,600

33

10

PVC

106,600

-7

-10

VCM

178,700

-8

-12

MMA

45,100

5

22

EO

59,900

-17

-17

EG

37,000

-31

-33

Acetaldehyde

9,800

98

0

ACN

46,500

22

5

SBR

49,400

36

-3

BR

22,100

-10

-18

Benzene

349,400

-3

-7

Toluene

147,300

20

11

Xylene

453,800

-10

-14

Source: JPCA

By Tomomi Yokomura