Japanese chemical output rises again

May 02, 1997 02:00 AM

Apr. 7, 1997 Being supported by steady domestic demand and export, the Japanese chemical industry has recorded growth for three consecutive years in both production and shipment, according to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Ethylene production marked a record high of 1,330,000 tons, a 2.8 % growth from the previous year, and propylene made a 3.3 % growth to 5,120,000 tons. This was due to steady domestic demand and export to Asia of polyethylene and polypropylene. EDC recorded a hefty 6.2 % growth, thanks to strong demand for PVC.
Plastics production increased by 3.7 % and shipments by 4.9 %. This was attributable to the increase of polyvinyl chloride and strong demand for house construction materials. Petroleum- derived aromatics decreased by 3.3 % in production and 2.3 % in shipments, due to the decrease of paraxylene for polyester fibres both in domestic demand and export.

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