Tokyo – Polyurethane foam production in Japan fell by 11.0% in August 2020 compared with August 2019. This shows that the rebound from the low of -44% in May is slowing.
In total, Japan produced 13.0 kT of flexible and rigid polyurethane in the month. This compares with 14.6 kT in August 2019.
Cumulatively, Japan had generated 109.2 kT by the end of August this year. This is down by 1.5% or 1.6kT on the 2019 figure.
The country produced 8.2 kT of flexible foam in the month. This is a decline of 12.2% on the 8.2 kT produced in August 2019.
Looking at the year to date, flexible foam production has reached 70.1 kT, a fall of 27.7% or 15.2 kT on the amount produced by this stage last year.
The country's rigid foam production in August contracted by 8.8% between 2019 and 2020. In the most recent month, it stood at 4.8 kT. This is 463 tonne less than last year.
Taking the year so far, rigid foam production is down by 2.3% to 39.1 kT, which is 875 tonnes less than had been produced at this point last year.