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HDPE imports to Russia hit a record high in the past 5 years

September 16/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- August imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) into Russia reached a record high since 2014 and exceeded 35,900 tonnes. Overall imports of this polyethylene (PE) totalled 232,400 tonnes in January-August 2019, according to MRC"s DataScope report.  

The record volumes of imports last occurred in September 2014, when imports exceeded 41,900 tonnes per month, and such high import figures were caused by the scheduled and unscheduled shutdowns at Russia"s two largest HDPE producers - Stavrolen and Kazanorgsintez. This year"s record imports were also partially caused by the September outages at the same plants.

Producers from Uzbekistan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia accounted for the main increased in imports in August 2019. Russian companies increased their imports of film grade, blow moulding and pipe grade HDPE.

Thus, overall HDPE imports into Russia exceeded 232,400 tonnes in the first eight months of 2019, whereas this figure was 157,900 tonnes a year earlier. Pipe grade HDPE (+ 95% to the last year"s figure to 32,600 tonnes) and film grade HDPE (+ 61% to the last year"s figure to 82,100 tonnes) accounted for the greatest increase.

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