Tokyo – Polyurethane foam production in Japan rose by 1.7% in November 2021 from the amount made in November 2020.
In total, Japan produced 16.6 kT of flexible and rigid polyurethane in the month. This compares with 16.4 kT in the same month in 2020.
Cumulatively, Japan has generated 163.1 kT of foam this year. This is up by 2.1% or 3.4 kT on this stage last year.
The country produced 10.1 kT of flexible foam in November, a decline of 6.6% on the 10.9 kT produced in November 2020. Year-to-date production of 103.1 kT is almost unchanged on the amount produced by this stage last year.
The country's November rigid foam production figure grew by 2.1% between 2020 and 2021. At 6.5 kT, it is 1kT more than last year.
Taking the year so far, rigid foam production is up by 6.3%. It currently stands at 60.0 kT, which is more than production at this stage last year by 3.6kT.
Numbers are collated by MITI, the Japanese trade ministry and there is a lag while the data is checked.