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Over the 9 months production of BOPP films in Russia made 74.5 thousand tonnes

November 09/2011

(MRC) -- This year the Russian producers of BOPP films reduced their production. Following the nine months results, the total volume of production made about 74,500 tonnes, according to MRC analysts. In 2010 the total volume of biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films in Russia made 107,800 tonnes. The total capacity for production of BOPP films in Russia by January 1, 2011 had made about 135,000 tonnes.

In Russia, the major producers of BOPP films are Group of companies Biaxplen and CJSC Eurometfilms. Biaxplen, found by the merger of the assets in Kursk, Novokujbyshevsk, Zheleznodorozhnyj and Balakhna, became the largest producer of BOPP films in the Russian market and the fourth in Europe (after Nordenia, ExxonMobil Films and Treofan). After joining the group Novatek-Polymer, the capacities of Biaxplen exceeded the European major producers Radici, Manulli and Innovia Films. Total capacity makes 110,000 tonnes per year.

Evrometfilms has one production site in Stupino (Moscow region), the films are produced at high-speed Bruckner equipment, with the capacity of 25,000 tonnes per year. In September, Biaxplen declared plans to mount another production line of BOPP films. The company will invest about Rb2 billion to build another line at Biaxplen NK, Novokujbyshevsk. The supplier of equipment will be the German Bruckner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. After the introduction of a new line with capacity of  30,500 tonnes of film per year, the output at Novokuibyshevsk plant will increase by twice.

In addition, a new line will be more technical than the previous one. Three of the five extruders, providing feed material for the inner layers of BOPP film, will be twin-screw, which will give some advantages in production of complex films, such as labelling and white pearl. This will provide excellent optical properties of gloss, whiteness index, opaque. Also, this technical solution will provide higher levels of barrier properties of metallized films.

Perspectives of development of polymer markets, pricing issues and other important aspects will be discussed at The Polymers Summit-2011, which will be held in Moscow on November 30, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Summit will be organized by MRC with the support of ICIS. The main idea of the Summit is to find a "the golden mean" between producers and converters. When producers receive exactly such margin of production, which helps them to invest in production expansion in order to substitute polymers imports, and the converters receive such price of feedstock that helps them to compete imported finished products. The Summit site gives an access to the live video of the Summit, speakers" presentations, as well as opportunities to ask questions or make appointments to any Summit partcipant.

Tags:PP, film extrusion, BOPP films.
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