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PE imports in Russia rose by 5% in Q1 2017

April 13/2017
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall imports of polyethylene (PE) into the Russian market increased in the first three months of 2017 by 5% year on year to 114,8000 tonnes. Imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) grew significantly, according to MRC's DataScope Report.

March PE imports to the Russian market rose to 45,300 tonnes, compared to 38,700 tonnes a month earlier, shipments of all PE grades increased. Overall PE imports reached 114,800 tonnes in January-March 2017, compared to 109,400 tonnes a year earlier. The HDPE and EVA segments accounted for the increase in imports, whereas other PE grades accounted for the decrease in import shipments.

The structure of PE imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.

Last month's HDPE imports grew to 17,900 tonnes from 13,200 tonnes in February, local companies increased their purchasing of blow moulding and injection moulding HDPE in Uzbekistan, as well as HDPE for extruded coating of steel pipes in Europe. Overall HDPE imports exceeded 42,500 tonnes in the first three months of 2017 versus 30,000 tonnes a year earlier.

March imports of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) rose to 12,700 tonnes from 11,900 tonnes a month earlier, with films producers accounting for the main rise in shipments. LLDPE imports totalled 33,600 tonnes in the first three months of the year, compared to 41,900 tonnes a year earlier. An increase in the domestic output, particularly, by Nizhnekamskneftekhim helped to reduce imports.

Last month's imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) grew to 9,300 tonnes, compared to 7,500 tonnes in February, shipments of film grade PE from Europe and Belarus increased. However, overall LDPE imports fell to 22,300 tonnes in January-March 2017 from 24,800 tonnes a year earlier.

March EVA imports rose to 3,000 tonnes from 2,300 tonnes a month earlier. Imports of this ethylene copolymer grade grew by 55% over the stated period to 8,500 tonnes.

Imports of other ethylene polymers totalled 7,800 tonnes in the first three months of the year.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, LLDPE, LDPE, HDPE, blow moulding, injection moulding, extrusion coating, film extrusion, pipe extrusion, steel pipes, Russia.
Category:General News
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