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PP imports to Russia rose by 2% in 2017

February 08/2018
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Last year"s overall imports of polypropylene (PP) into Russia grew by 2% year on year to 171,200 tonnes. Only shipments of propylene copolymers increased, according to a MRC"s DataScope report.

Russian companies significantly reduced PP imports in December to 10,400 tonnes from 16,300 tonnes a year earlier. Imports of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) raffia and block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) decreased. Overall, 171,200 tonnes of propylene polymers were imported in 2017, compared to 167,200 tonnes a year earlier. Deliveries of homopolymer PP accounted for a major reduction, whereas PP block copolymers accounted for the greatest increase in imports.

Overall, the structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.

December imports of homopolymer PP fell to 2,400 tonnes from 4,500 tonnes a month earlier, shipments of homopolymer PP raffia from Central Asia, particularly, from Turkmenistan, decreased significantly because of technical issues of the local producer. Overall imports of this PP grade reached 55,100 tonnes last year, compared to 72,400 a year earlier.

December imports of PP block copolymers were 1,900 tonnes versus 3,300 tonnes in November. Local companies reduced their purchasing of PP block copolymer for extrusion injection moulding in Europe. Imports of PP block copolymers into Russia rose to 43,000 tonnes in 2017, compared to 30,800 tonnes a year earlier.

Imports of PP random copolymers dropped to 3,200 tonnes in December from 3,600 tonnes a month earlier, local pressure pipes producers reduced their purchasing of PP under the pressure of seasonal factors, whereas purchases of injection moulding PP increased. Overall imports of this propylene copolymers grade totalled 33,600 tonnes in 2017, compared to 34,800 tonnes a year earlier.

Imports of other propylene polymers were 39,300 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 29,200 tonnes a year earlier.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, homopolymer PP, PP random copolymer, injection moulding, pipe extrusion, pressure pipe, Russia.
Category:General News
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