TOKYO, May 15 (Reuters) - Japanese ethylene production rose
17.4 percent in April from the same month a year earlier to
545,000 tonnes in the absence of plant closures for routine
checks, data from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
showed on Wednesday.
Ethylene, made from naphtha, is a basic feedstock for
petrochemicals that are processed into products such as
Following is a table of naphtha output volume in thousand
tonnes, month-on-month and year-on-year percentage changes and
the number of naphtha crackers shut during the month, according
to the data.
Month Apr 2012 Mar 2013 Apr 2013
Ethylene output (1,000 T) 464.2 556.0 545.0
M/M % -1.3 5.8 -2.0
Yr/Yr % -7.7 18.3 17.4
Plant shutdowns 2 0 0
(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by David Goodman)
Keywords: ENERGY ETHYLENE/JAPAN
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