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PE imports to Russia down by 2% in Jan-Nov 2018

December 17/2018

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall polyethylene (PE) imports into the Russian market dropped in the first eleven months of 2018 by 2% year on year to 540,200 tonnes. At the same time, ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) shipments rose significantly, according to MRC"s DataScope report.

November PE imports to the Russian market were 49,200 tonnes, which is almost equal to the last month"s figure. Overall PE imports reached 540,200 tonnes in January-November 2018, compared to 553,500 tonnes a year earlier. EVA imports increased significantly, whereas imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) decreased.

The structure of PE imports looked the following way over the stated period.

November high density polyethylene (HDPE) imports grew to 23,300 tonnes from 22,800 tonnes a month earlier, local companies slightly raised  their HDPE purchasing in Uzbekistan. Overall HDPE imports reached 227,900 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2018, which virtually corresponds to the last year"s figure.

Last month"s LLDPE imports were 11,900 tonnes, compared to 11,200 tonnes in October, local companies increased their shipments of film grade PE. Overall LLDPE imports totalled slightly over 145,000 tonnes in January-November 2018 versus 166,600 tonnes a year earlier. Nizhnekamskneftekhim"s increased output was the main reason for reducing dependence on imports.

November LDPE imports remained at the level of October - 6,700 tonnes. Overall LDPE imports totalled 77,100 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 82,600 tonnes a year earlier.

Last month"s EVA imports fell to 3,700 tonnes, compared to 4,900 tonnes in October, demand for EVA for compounds production increased. However, imports of this ethylene copolymer grade rose by 33% in January-November 2018 to 44,200 tonnes.

Imports of other ethylene polymers were about 46,000 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 44,800 tonnes a year earlier.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, EVA, LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, copolymer, ethylene, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Russia.
Category:General News
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