Tokyo – Polyurethane foam production in Japan fell by 1.1% in February 2021 compared with February 2020.
In total, Japan produced 14.9 kT of flexible and rigid polyurethane in the month. This compares with 15.4 kT in February 2020.
Cumulatively Japan has generated 175.1 kT of foam this year. This is down by 16.7% or 25.1 kT on this stage last year.
The country produced 10.0 kT of flexible foam in the month. This is a decline of 1.8% on the figure of 10.2 kT produced in February 2020.
Looking at the year to date, flexible foam production has reached 19.4 kT. This is a fall of 4.9%, or 0.9 kT, on the amount produced by this stage last year.
The country's rigid foam production in February contracted by 2.7% between 2020 and 2021. In the most recent month, it stood at 4.9 kT this is 20.0 tonne more than last year.
Taking the year so far rigid foam production is down by 3.1%. It currently stands at 9.9 kT, which is less than production at this stage last year by 302 tonnes.
Numbers are collated by MITI, the Japanese trade ministry and there is a lag while the data is checked.