Tokyo — Polyurethane production in Japan fell 4% in August 2018, marking the end of a period of sustained growth, according to figures from Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
In total, Japan produced 15.3 kT of polyurethane in August 2018. This compares with 15.9 kT in August 2017. The fall in production was 623 tonne.
The country produced 9.5 kT of flexible foam in August 2018, up 22 tonne on the August 2017 figure. The nation produced 5.8 kT of rigid foam in June 2018. This compares with 6.5 kT in the same month in 2017.
In total Japan produced 135kT polyurethane between January and August 2018, compared with 126 kT in the same period in 2017. This is an increase of 7.1%.
It takes MITI two months to collate and check polyurethane production statistics.