Japan's domestic shipments of three primary resins increase in 2013

17 March 2014 06:17 Source:ICIS News

TOKYO (ICIS)--Japan’s domestic shipments of three of the four primary resins - low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) - increased in 2013 from the previous year, official data from the government showed on Monday.

Domestic shipments of LDPE rose by 2% year on year to 1.31m tonnes in January-December 2013, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Domestic shipments of HDPE were up by 1% to 764,709 tonnes, while PS shipments stood at 629,478 tonnes, a 1% increase, based on the data.

However, shipments of PP fell by 4% to 2.21m tonnes from 2012, the data showed.

Meanwhile, Japan’s exports of PS increased by 14% year on year to 21,710 tonnes in 2013, while exports of LDPE rose by 5% to 182,711 tonnes, according to the METI.

Exports of HDPE, however, plummeted by 30% to 121,628 tonnes, based on the data.

Exports of PP stood at 167,291 tonnes, the same level as the previous year, the statistics showed.

By Tomomi Yokomura