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PE imports to Russia up by 7% in the first seven months of 2017

August 17/2017
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall imports of polyethylene (PE) into the Russian market increased in January-July of 2017 by 7% year on year to 320,000 tonnes. Imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) grew significantly, according to MRC"s DataScope Report.

Last month"s PE shipments to the Russian market dropped to 45,000 tonnes from 49,800 tonnes in June, with HDPE from Uzbekistan accounting for the main decrease in supplies.Overall PE imports reached 320,000 tonnes in January-July 2017, compared to 300,100 tonnes a year earlier. The HDPE and EVA segments accounted for the increase in imports, whereas other PE grades accounted for the decrease in import shipments.

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

Last month"s HDPE imports fell to 15,000 tonnes from 21,000 tons in June, local companies reduced their purchasing of film grade and blow moulding HDPE in Uzbekistan. Overall HDPE imports reached 118,100 tonnes in the first seven months of 2017 versus 79,200 tonnes a year earlier. 

July imports of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) were 14,400 tonnes, compared to 13,000 tonnes a month earlier, shipments of film grade PE increased, whereas demand for PE for rotational moulding of large items decreased. LLDPE imports totalled 101,600 tonnes in the first seven months of the year, compared to 124,000 tonnes a year earlier. An increase in the domestic output, particularly, by Nizhnekamskneftekhim, helped to reduce imports.

Last month"s imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) grew to 7,800 tonnes from 7,400 tonnes in June, shipments of PE for paper lamination from Europe increased. Overall LDPE imports decreased to 37,600 tonnes in January-July 2017 from 44,400 tonnes a year earlier.

July EVA imports were about 3,000 tonnes, compared to 3,800 tonnes a month earlier, demand subsided from footwear and cable and wire producers. Imports of this ethylene copolymer grade grew by 30% over the stated period to 22,200 tonnes.

Imports of other ethylene polymers totalled 25,200 tonnes, compared to 21,100 tonnes a year earlier.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, EVA, LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, copolymer, ethylene, blow moulding, cable extrusion, film extrusion, paper, cable, cardboard lamination, Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Russia.
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