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PE production in Belarus down 47% in the first eight months of 2017

September 08/2017
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Belarus"s overall production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) totalled 38,000 tonnes in the first eight months of 2017, down by 47% year on year, reported MRC analytsts.

According to the National Statistics Committee of Belarus, Polymir, the local LDPE manufacturer, maintained the July level of capacity utilisation and produced 5,200 tonnes of LDPE. Thus, Polymir"s total LDPE output was 38,900 tonnes in January-August 2017 versus 73,000 tonnes a year earlier.

The fire at one of the ethylene units in late June 2016, which led to a two-fold reduction in the olefin production, was the main reason for such a major fall in the output.

It is also worth noting that the plant"s clients said Polimir intends to shut down some of its production capacities for maintenance in October. According to preliminary data, the outage will last for about a month.

Polymir (part of Naftan) is Belarus" largest petrochemical company, producing a wide range of chemical products, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), acrylic fibers, products of organic synthesis, hydrocarbon fractions, etc. Polymir was founded in 1968. The producer uses technologies of the largest foreign companies from Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy (Courtaulds, Asahi Chemical Co. Ltd, Kanematsu Gosho, SNIA BPD, etc.), as well as the development of scientific research institutes and design institutes of the CIS countries. The plant"s annual production capacity is 130,000 tonnes.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, LDPE, Naftan, Polymir, Belarus.
Category:General News
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