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In Japan 25% of ethylene production halted due to quake

March 18/2011

(Japan Today) -- About 25% of domestic production of ethylene, a key material for petrochemical products, has been halted following last weeks devastating earthquake in Japan, the head of the petrochemical industry body said Thursday.

One-quarter of domestic manufacturing capacity of ethylene has stopped, Kyohei Takahashi, chairman of the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association, said at a press conference.

Takahashi, also chairman of Showa Denko KK, suggested that the halt in ethylene production will have effects on a wide range of industries.

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp has been forced to halt operations of its plant with Japans largest ethylene production capacity in Ibaraki Prefecture due to damage caused by the earthquake that hit northeastern and eastern Japan.

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