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Ukraine increased polyethylene and PET imports

February 27/2012

MOSCOW (MRC) --  In January, the total imports of bulk polymers made about 50,000 tonnes. Last month the external supplies of polyethylene and PET granulate increased, while imports of PVC and polystyrene fell under the pressure of seasonal factors, according to MRC DataScope. In January, the total volume of imports of bulk polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinylchloride, polystyrene and PET) to the Ukrainian market grew to 50,000 tonnes. The same figure was 5% lower year on year and made 47,400 tonnes.

The imports of PET granulate increased most significantly last month. Deliveries of polymers increased by 154% compared to December 2011 and made little more than 6,000 tonnes.

Ukraine increased polyethylene and PET imports Imports of polyethylene also showed a positive trend. Imports grew by 8% compared to December and made more than 27,700 tonnes. In January, supplies of LDPE grew to 11,750 tonnes. External supplies of PE did not change and stayed at the level of December Ц 10,600 tonnes.

In January, imports of polypropylene decreased by 3% and made 6,600 tonnes. The decline in imports was seen in all grades of polypropylene and resulted from seasonal factors.


Imports of PVC decreased by 38%, largely due to a serious reduction in supplies of suspension. Seasonal factors and a more competitive offer from local producer Karpatneftekhim led to reduced imports of suspension PVC to a record level over the last three years Ц 3,800 tonnes.

Last month, external supplies of polystyrene and styrene plastics to Ukraine made about 2,930 tonnes, 25% up compared with December 2011. The main reduction in imports fell at expandable polystyrene, due to seasonal factors. The imports of EPS decreased almost twice to 700 tonnes. As for other types of polystyrene and styrene plastics, the decline in imports was not so significant.

Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PVC, PP, PS, PE, PET, SPVC, EPS, LDPE, styrene, Karpatneftechem.
Category:General News
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