Tokyo — Polyurethane production in Japan fell by 8.0% in October 2019, compared with the same month in 2018. This follows a 2.4% rise in September. The figures come from Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and take about two months to compile.
In total, Japan produced 17.8 kT of polyurethane in October 2019. This compares with 19.34 kT in October 2018. The fall in production was 1542 tonne.
The country produced 11.2 kT of flexible foam in October 2019, down 756 tonne on October 2018. The nation produced 6.6 kT of rigid foam in October 2019. This compares with 7.4 kT in the same month in 2018.
Overall, Japan produced 167.3 kT polyurethane between January and October 2019, compared with 170.8 kT in the same period in 2018. This is a decline of 2.0%.