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PP imports to Ukraine grew by 27% in the first nine months of 2013

October 22/2013

MOSCOW (MRC) -- An outage at LINIK continued to inhance the dependence of the Ukrainian polypropylene (PP) market on imports. PP imports rose by 27% in January-September 2013, according to MRC DataScope.

PP imports to Ukraine increased up to 100,500 tonnes in the first nine months of 2013 from 79,300 tonnes over the same period of 2012. As expected, homopolymer of propylene  (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main growth of imports because of the outage at LINIK (from April 2012).

Imports of homopolymer PP to Ukraine totalled around 76,400 tonnes in January-September 2013, up by 41% year on year. Russian producers, as well as Asian and Middle Eastern producers, have increased significantly their presence in the Ukrainian homopolymer PP market (Russian imports of homopolymer PP rose almost 9 times).

Conversely, imports of block copolymers of propylene (PP-impact) dropped by 16% in January-September 2013 amid weaker demand in the injection moulding and pressure pipes extrusion sectors. Consumer demand for PP-impact in these sectors fell by 18% and 24%, respectively, to 10,500 tonnes and 1,000 tonnes.

Imports of statistical copolymers of polypropylene (PP-random) to Ukraine rose almost by a third this year. The nine months" total grew to about 8,800 tonnes from the last year"s 6,700 tonnes. Producers of pressure pipes and moulded products accounted for the main increase in demand, which rose by 89% and 35%, respectively, in these sectors up to 4,600 tonnes and 3,100 tonnes.

Import of other copolymers of propylene totalled about 3,100 tonnes in January-September 2013, down by 18% year on year.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PP-Impact, PP-Homo, PP-Random, IM, pipe extrusion, pressure pipe, Linik, Ukraine.
Category:General News
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