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Polystyrene imports down 38% in Russia

November 02/2009
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Over the course of January-September, polystyrene (PS) imports decreased 38% (to 98.07 kt) in Russia, as compared with the same period last year. At the same time, there was this years record as to imports of material in September (17.55 kt).

During January-September, EPS imports dropped by 43%. There was a serious decrease in supply of Loyals material (by 67%). Imports of the F-MS grade went down by nearly seven times; that grade is used in production of EPS plates.

HIPS imports dropped by 36%. Supply of BASFs feedstock decreased nearly 1.5 times. At the same time, in September Russian companies imported record HIPS volumes this year (1 035 mt). Nearly a half of that volume belonged to the Polystyrol 2710 grade.

imports decreased 34%. Sabics material was not supplied in September.
GPPS imports went down by 36%, those of SBS by 32%; though SAN imports demonstrated 6% growth.

For detailed information on the polystyrene market, see DataScope.

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