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Japan Petrochemicals Report 2016

Japanese ethylene production will never return to pre-recession levels due to a series of cracker closures andmore likely over the next five years. However, this does not mean Japan's petrochemicals industry is dying -it is instead continuing its process of reform with shutdowns necessary to restructure the industry and it willneed to reduce ethylene capacity by 1.7mn tonnes per annum (tpa) in order to address the looming nationalolefins surplus.Petrochemicals crackers depend on naphtha for over 90% of their feedstock. With naphtha declining in costsince mid-2014, the industry has improved its competitiveness. The situation has been boosted further bythe weaker yen, which improved sales on the local market even as the regional market was becoming morechallenging. Nevertheless, plant closures have continued and more are likely in the years ahead as producersseek to focus more on adding value and improving margins, while reducing exposure to an over-suppliedAsian market.

BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Table: Japan: Planned Cracker Turn-Arounds
Table: Japan's Petrochemicals Sector, 2012-2020 ('000tpa, unless otherwise stated)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Asia Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index
Table: Asia Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index Ranking
Japan Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Ratings
Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
Financial Results And Corporate Strategy
Table: Japan's Petrochemicals Producers Results, JPYbn
Company Profile
Asahi Kasei Corporation
Table: Asahi Kasei Financial Results (JPYmn)
Mitsubishi Chemical
Table: Mitsubishi Chemical financial results (JPYmn)
Table: Petrochemicals Capacity (000 tpa)
Mitsui Chemicals
Table: Mitsui Chemicals Financial Results (JPYmn)
Sumitomo Chemical Group
Table: Sumitomo Chemical financial results (JPYmn)
Tosoh Corporation
Table: Tosoh financial results (JPYmn)
Regional Overview
Asia Overview
Chinese Crackers Spark Concern as Crisis Blazes
A Rocky Surge in 2016
Global Industry Overview
Feedstock Differentials: Respite for Europe
2016 Feedstock Outlook
Could US Gas Run out?
Market Outlook: Chinese Downturn
Long-term Outlook
Europe - Brent On Board For A Bumpy Ride
Demographic Forecast
Demographic Outlook
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Japan 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Japan 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Japan 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Japan 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Japan 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Petrochemicals Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

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