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LDPE prices in Russia down on weak demand and surplus

July 21/2011

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Low demand for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) along with steady work of Russian producers and small volume of exports stipulate surplus in the market. These factors as well as high competition among Russian producers has led to the next reduction of prices, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

This year is quite difficult for Russian producers of LDPE. Low demand for polyethylene both in domestic and foreign markets limits sales. As a result, by June manufacturers had faced a problem of significant LDPE stocks, despite the fact that since mid-April till mid-May the largest LDPE capacities in Russia Kazanorhsyntez had been suspended.

From mid-June increased competition forced Russian producers to low LDPE prices in the domestic market. The prices actually declined each week. This week is not an exception. The price offer in the spot market for 158 LDPE (Ufa) reduced to RUB 58.000 -58.500/t,  including VAT, FCA Ufa. Kazanorhsyntez reduced the price for 158 LDPE to RUB 58.000 -58.500/t, including VAT, FCA Kazan.

Since June, the Russian producers have been trying to increase LDPE exports in order to balance the domestic market. However low demand in foreign markets, as well as problems with railway transportation dont yet allow to increase polyethylene export significantly. For thirty days starting from July 19, Tomskneftechems capacities were suspended that along with export sales may  possibly allow Russian producers to reduce the surplus in the domestic market by the end of August.

Tags:PE, LDPE, HDPE, Kazanorhsyntez, Tomskneftekhim.
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