JCIA) has released a powerpoint presentation highlighting business trends in the chemical industry. After posting significant decreases in production and shipment from early 2008 through early 2009, both started recovering by the end of the first quarter 2009 and have now reached levels consistent with inventories.
A series of powerpoints can be downloaded here.
The JCIA has about 180 member companies and about 80 organizations engaged in the manufacturing and handling of chemical products and related services. "Under the basic idea of "coexistence and co-prosperity with society," JCIA has continued to undertake activities for almost half a century to fulfill its mission of promoting the stable development of the chemical industry and thus contributing to the economic prosperity of Japan and elevation of its living standards."