About 25 percent of domestic production of ethylene, a key material for petrochemical products, has been halted following last week’s earthquake, the head of the petrochemical industry body said Thursday.
“One-quarter of domestic manufacturing capacity of ethylene has stopped,” said Kyohei Takahashi, chairman of the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association.
Plastic bottles and medical containers, which are needed in the earthquake-hit area, are made of ethylene.
Takahashi, also chairman of Showa Denko K.K., suggested the halt in production will affect a wide range of industries. Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. has been forced to halt operations at its ethylene plant in Ibaraki Prefecture.
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