Tokyo – Polyurethane foam production in Japan rose by 29.2% in April 2021 compared with April 2020.
In total, Japan produced 15.9 kT of flexible and rigid polyurethane in the month. This compares with 12.3 kT in April 2020.
Cumulatively, Japan has generated 62.1 kT of foam this year. This is up by 5.9% or 3.5 kT on this stage last year.
The country produced 10.1 kT of flexible foam in the month. This is an increase of 30.6% on the figure of 7.8 kT produced in April 2020.
Looking at the year to date, flexible foam production has reached 41.2 kT. This is a rise of 7.6%, or 3.4 kT, on the amount produced by this stage last year.
The country's rigid foam production in April grew by 26.8% between 2020 and 2021. In the most recent month, it stood at 5.8 kT this is 1215.0 tonne more than last year.
Taking the year so far, rigid foam production is up by 5.1%. It currently stands at 20.9 kT, which is more than production at this stage last year by 1012 tonnes.
Numbers are collated by MITI, the Japanese trade ministry, and there is a lag while the data is checked.