Japan July ethylene output falls 3.2% yr/yr

TOKYO, August 19 (Reuters) - Japanese ethylene production in July fell 3.2% from a year earlier to 485,000 tonnes, data from the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association showed on Thursday.

Ethylene, made from naphtha, is a basic feedstock for petrochemicals that are processed into products such as plastics.

Following is a table of ethylene output volume in thousand tonnes, month-on-month and year-on-year percentage changes and the number of naphtha crackers shut during the month, according to the data.

Month Jul-21 Jun-21 Jul-20

Ethylene output 485 461.3 500.8

M/M % 5.1 -12.5 19.7

Yr/Yr % -3.2 10.2 -3.1

Plant shutdowns 2 2 3

(Reporting by Tokyo Newsroom; editing by Jason Neely)

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