Tokyo – Polyurethane foam production in Japan fell by 5.7% in January 2022 compared with January 2021.
In total, Japan produced 13.6 kT of flexible and rigid polyurethane in the month. This compares with 14.4 kT in January 2021.
Cumulatively, Japan has generated 13.6 kT of foam this year. This is down by 6.7%, or 1.0 kT, on this stage last year.
Looking at the year to date, flexible foam production has reached 8.1 kT, a fall of 19.1% or 1.3 kT on the amount produced by this stage last year.
The country's rigid foam production grew by 9.6% in January between 2021 and 2022. In the most recent month, it stood at 5.5 kT, 480 T more than last year.
Numbers are collated by MITI, the Japanese trade ministry, and there is a lag while the data is checked.