Japan's demand for nonwovens increases 5.2% year-over-year in 2013, to 420,934 tonnes, while exports and imports rose 5.6% and 10.1%, respectively; 2013 nonwovens production in Japan up 3.3% from 2012, to 331,494 tonnes: report

, July 1, 2014 () – Table 1 shows nonwovens production, exports, imports, domestic demand and import ratios in domestic demand. Japan's nonwovens demand in 2013 was 420,934 tons, a 5.2% increase compared to the previous year. The export volumes rose 5.6% to 53,344 tons. The import volume was 142,784 tons, which was significantly higher at 10.1% .The amount of imported nonwovens has increased steadily. In 2009, the import volume still increased although domestic demand largely decreased due to the global economic crisis. In 2013, import volumes greatly increased in spite of depreciation of yen in the exchange markets.

Domestic production volume and import ratio

The imported nonwovens ratio in domestic demand in 2013 was 33.9%, exceeding 32.4% in 2012. The imported nonwovens ratio keeps on rising and its influence on domestic production cannot be ignored. In 2013, the domestic production also increased because the domestic demand had increased, however production will be sluggish if the demand is stagnant.

Most of the nonwovens imported is polypropylene spunbond material for diapers. Imports of this material have increased as diaper production has increased in Japan. The import volume of polypropylene spunbonded nonwovens for diapers in 2013 was 64,860 tons, which represented a high growth rate of 18.5% compared to 54,735 tons in 2012. The gross import volume of nonwovens in 2013 was 13,150 tons more than 2012,10,125 tons were for diapers, which demands the most of the import increase was for diapers.

By Kin Ohmura

Osaka Marketing

Table 1: Domestic Demand of Nonwovens In Japan


                  2004      2005      2006      2007      2008

Production        296,540   313,886   329,992   340,142   338,479
Exports           39,194    42,324    44,719    51,830    52,054
Imports           61,415    70,498    75,072    82,459    95,216
Domestic demand   318,761   342,060   360,345   370,771   381,641
Imported ratio    19.3      20.6      20.8      22.2      24.9

                  2009      2010      2011      2012      2013

Production        287,427   317,299   312,251   320.928   331,494
Exports           42,964    49,847    48,927    50,536    53,344
Imports           108,297   122,214   129,634   142,784
Domestic demand   340,260   375,749   385,538   400,026   420,934
Imported ratio    28.2      28.8      31.7      32.4      33.9

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