Tokyo — Polyurethane production in Japan fell 8.7% in September 2018, over twice as fast as in August which marked the end of a period of sustained growth. This is according to figures from Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
In total, Japan produced 16.8kT of polyurethane in September 2018. This compares with 18.4 kT in September 2017. The fall in production was 1590 tonne.
The country produced 10.5 kT of flexible foam in September 2018, down from 11.3 kT in September 2017. The nation produced 6.3 kT of rigid foam in September 2018. This compares with 7.0 kT in the same month in 2017.
Overall, Japan produced 152 kT polyurethane between January and September 2018, compared with 145 kT in the same period in 2017. This is an increase of 5.8%. The country was comfortably producing more polyurethane in the first six months of the year. However, production started to slow over the summer. It went fell below 2017 for the first time in August 2018, when the country produced 4% less than in August the previous year.
It takes MITI two months to collate and check polyurethane production statistics.