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Estimated polystyrene consumption down 23% in Russia

December 17/2009
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Over the course of January-October, estimated polystyrene (PS) consumption went down by 23% in Russia, compared to the same period last year, and moved at 279.12 kt according to MRC analysts.

Consumption of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) and general-purpose polystyrene (GPPS) dropped by 18%. In October, HIPS-GPPS imports went down by 50%, compared to September. At the same time, 85% of HIPS and GPPS exports were shipped to the CIS countries. In October, there was an increase in imports in the sector of packaging (by 46%, compared to September).

Estimated consumption of expanded polystyrene (EPS) decreased 30%. Over the course of the ten months, EPS imports moved at 61.57 kt. The share of EPS in overall PS imports in the Russian market was at the level of 53%.
ABS demand dropped by 40%. Russias ABS producer, Plastik, Uzlovaya, is gradually increasing output volumes. The company produced 1.00 kt of material in October.




For more detailed information on the polystyrene market in Russia, see Monthly reports.
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