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HDPE imports to Russia in March-April hit a record high in the last 15 months

May 20/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- April imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) into Russia decreased to 31,600 tonnes from 32,800 tonnes a month earlier. However, these figures have been the record-breaking imports since December 2017, according to MRC"s DataScope report.  

The record high imports were last registered in November-December 2017, when they exceeded 32,000 tonnes per month. Such high imports in late 2017 were caused by the scheduled and long outage at some of production capacities of Russia"s second largest HDPE producer - Stavrolen. This year" record imports were caused by higher HDPE shipments from producers in Central Asia.

In October 2018, a new gas chemical complex with a total capacity of just over 380,000 tonnes per year was launched in Turkmenistan, which led to an increase in supply of HDPE in Central Asia. At the same time, the new producer has offered for sale injection moulding and pipe grade HDPE so far.

Thus, overall HDPE imports into Russia exceeded 107,900 tonnes in the first four months of 2019, whereas a year earlier this figure was 80,800 tonnes. The following countries were the top five countries in terms of polyethylene (PE) shipments in 2019: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Finland, South Korea and Thailand.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PE, HDPE, injection moulding, pipe extrusion, Stavrolen, Russia.
Category:General News
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