Tokyo — Cumulative polyurethane production in Japan rose by 9% to 63 kT by the end of April 2017 compared with the period to the end of April 2016, according to figures from Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
This is the 18th straight month that production has increased in the country, according MITI and the trend is accelerating with
In April 2017, production volumes were up 9% compared with the same period in 2016 and reached 15 1381 tonnes. The rate of production in April accelerated slightly with the month recording 6.2% more production than the 2016 month, while production growth in March 2017 was up 5.2% on the same period in 2016.
The Japanese polyurethane industry is recovering from a bad 2015 which saw an overall fall in polyurethane foam production of around 12% to 174 kT over the course of the year, in the first four months of that year, the industry produced 56 kT.