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July PP imports to Russia remained at the level of June

August 14/2013

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The launch of two new polypropylene (PP) plants in Omsk (Polyom, Titan Group) and Tobolsk (Tobolsk-Polymer, SIBUR group) reduced imports of material to the required minimum, according to MRC DataScope.

PP imports to Russia in July remained at the June"s level and totalled 15,200 tonnes.

The startup of the two new PP facilities in Omsk and Tobolsk, which allowed to double the output of the polymer, led to major cuts in imports. The Russian market has become a net exporter (the difference between exports and imports) in the propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP), but the market of propylene copolymers are still dependent on imports.

Imports of homopolymer PP to Russia in July amounted to 3,900 tonnes, whereas in June, it was 3,500 tonnes. Over the past three months, the proportion of propylene homopolymer in total imports dropped to 25%, whereas in the previous year they exceeded 50%. Export sales of Russian homopolymer PP in July reached 11,000 tonnes.

Imports of block copolymers of propylene (PP-block) in July were 5,300 tonnes (in June - 6,000 tonnes). High prices of PP-block in foreign markets resulted in reductions in imports of extrusion grades of the copolymer, while imports of injection moulding polymer virtually remained at June"s level.

Imports of statistical copolymer of propylene (PP-random) last month remained around 3,000 tonnes, as in June. Russian companies have increased their supply of pipe copolymer of propylene by 71% from June up to 1,900 tonnes. Producers of BOPP films, on the contrary, reduced in July their purchases of PP-random by more than half.

Imports of other copolymers of propylene in July amounted to about 3,100 tonnes, up 11% from June.

Overall, in the first seven months of this year, PP imports to Russia totalled 126,000 tonnes, down 22% year on year.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PP-Impact, PP-Homo, PP-Random, pipe extrusion, BOPP films, Poliom, Omsk, Tobolsk-Polimer, Russia.
Category:General News
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