Japan's plastic feedstocks output rises marginally in Aug - JPIF

11 October 2016 07:55 Source:ICIS News

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s production of plastic feedstocks increased by 0.8% year on year to 876,000 tonnes in August, official industry data showed on Tuesday.

Among the total, output of polyethylene (PE) increased by 5% to 215,465 tonnes from the same period a year earlier, according to the Japan Plastics Industry Federation (JPIF).

Production of polypropylene (PP) rose by 4.4% year on year to 232,349 tonnes, while output of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) fell by 5.7% to 19,976 tonnes, based on the data.

Production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rose by 0.1% to 146,693 tonnes from the previous year, with output of polystyrene (PS) down by 13% to 96,047 tonnes, according to the data.

Production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) declined by 9.1% to 51,190 tonnes from a year earlier, the data showed.

The country’s output of plastic feedstocks, meanwhile, increased by 3.9% year on year to 408,600 tonnes, according to the JPIF.

Among the total, production of film and sheet rose by 2.9% to 191,954 tonnes from the year-before period, while output of pipes fell by 1.5% to 28,514 tonnes, based on the statistics.

Production of construction materials declined by 2.7% year on year to 21,998 tonnes from a year earlier, while output of reinforcement materials fell by 1% to 5,682 tonnes, the data showed.

Japan’s exports of plastic feedstocks decreased by 14% year on year to yen (Y) 88.8bn in value in August, with exports of plastic products down by 4.6% to Y106.7bn, according to the federation.

By Tomomi Yokomura