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Russian production of large volume polymers in April decreased

May 23/2012

MOSCOW (MRC) --  In April, Russian producers reduced production of large volume polymers to 262,300 tonnes. The decline was seen in the production of all polymers, the only exception made polypropylene, as per MRC analysts.

Last month, the total production of large volume polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, unmixed polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene and PET) in Russia declined by 10% compared to March and reached 262,300 tonnes. The output of all polymers decreased, the exception made only polypropylene.

The production of polyethylene in Russia fell in April to 102,300 tonnes. The decline in production resulted from the shutdown of Kazanorgsintez capacities for LDPE production. Also worth mention the temporary suspension of Stavrolen and the reduced capacities utilization of Angara ZP.

Russian producers managed to increase the output of PP to 53,000 tonnes. In April, Stavrolens output made more than 8,000 tonnes, while other Russian producers, by contrast, reduced the production volumes. In general, the total production over four months reached 203,000 tonnes.

In April, three Russian producers of PVC stopped their capacities on the turnaround (Caustic/Volgograd, Khimprom and Sibur-neftekhim). As a consequence, the total production of unmixed PVC in Russia fell to 49,800 tonnes. In January-April, the production of PVC made about 192,000 tonnes.

The total volume of polystyrene production last month amounted to little more than 23,000 tonnes. Angarsk polymer plant showed a serious decline in production.

The total volume of PET in April fell to 33,800 tonnes. The decline in production resulted from several reasons. Sibur-PETF  stopped at the scheduled turnaround, other Russian producers on the back of low seasonal demand also reduced their level of capacity utilization.

Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PVC, PP, PS, PE, PET, Kazanorgsyntez, Sterlitamak JSC (KAUSTIK), Sibur-PETF, Stavrolen, Chemprom, Volgograd.
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