Japan’s ASF & PPF Production Continues to Decrease

The Japan Chemical Fibers Association reported that the nation’s production of man-made fibers in June 2019 decreased by 8.6% compared to the same month of last year to 69,047 tons (provisional). Of this, synthetic fibers fell 10.1% to 54,408 tons.

MMF production during January-June 2019 decreased by 6.6% from the year before to 417,583 tons.

By item, June production decreased for cellulosic fibers (down 2.4% to 14,639 tons), and that of nylon filament dropped 21.0% to 5,487 tons. Acrylic staple fiber production declined by 8.0% to 10,671 tons, thus declining for six consecutive months. Polyester filament production decreased by 6.6% to 9,336 tons, while that of polyester staple fiber increased by 3.4% to 7,474 tons, the first increase since February. Polypropylene filament production fell 43.2% to 2,690 tons, thus falling for eight straight months, and that of polypropylene staple fiber decreased by 11.8% to 5,196 tons.

The stocks MMF producers had at the end of June amounted to 95,249 tons, down 1.4% compared to May ending stocks, but up 8.1% compared to June 2018 ending stocks.