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Fall in polymers consumption did not affect the PP market

July 29/2009
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Drop in PP demand was minimal compared to other polymers. Overall estimated PP consumption moved at 284.27 kt in the first half of the year, according to MRC. That figure was only 3% lower, compared to the same period last year. At the same time, the decrease in consumption of other polymers turned out to be more serious: PVC (-46%), PS (-31%), PE (-28%).

 
Drop in PP demand was minimal compared to other polymers. Overall estimated PP consumption moved at 284.27 kt in the first half of the year, according to MRC. That figure was only 3% lower, compared to the same period last year. At the same time, the decrease in consumption of other polymers turned out to be more serious: PVC (-46%), PS (-31%), PE (-28%).

Over the course of January-June PP exports increased 1.5 times, compared to the same period last year. Russian producers continue to export excess PP volumes. China is the most attractive region to exports (over 70% of overall PP exports).
PP-homo exports increased more than 3 times, compared to the first half of 2008. Over 50% of exports belonged to Nizhnekamskneftekhim’s material, this year. Shutdown of the PP unit at Ufaorgsyntez caused lack of PP-homo in some regions of Russia. The production of the polymer was resumed in mid-July.  PP-homo output at Ufaorgsyntez decreased 33% in June, compared to May, and moved at 6.19 kt.

PP-impact  imports moved at 10.56 kt, in 2009. 40% of PP-impact  imports belonged to Borealis’ feedstock. The company pushed up imports nearly 2 times, compared to the same period last year.

In June, PP-random imports reached a record level ever observed over the course of the recent nine years, and moved  at 3.16 kt.


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