Tokyo – Polyurethane foam production in Japan fell by 3.1% in November 2020 compared with November 2019.
In total, Japan produced 17.2 kT of flexible and rigid polyurethane in the month. This compares with 17.8 kT in November 2019.
Cumulatively, Japan had generated 159.7 kT in the first 11 months of 2020. This is down by 17.6% or 23.9 kT on that stage the year before.
The country produced 10.9 kT of flexible foam in the month. This is a decline of 1.0% on the November before.
In the first 11 months of 2020, total flexible foam production reached 103.3 kT. This is a fall of 17.7% or 15.6 kT on the amount produced by that stage in 2019.
The country's rigid foam production in November contracted by 15.7% between 2019 and 2020. At 5.5 kT, it was 1kT less than the previous year.
Taking the year so far, rigid foam production is down by 3.0%. It currently stands at 56.4 kT, which is less than production at this stage last year by 1626 tonnes.
Numbers are collated by MITI, the Japanese trade ministry, and there is a lag while the data are checked.