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Elkem profits dropped in 2020 on lower prices

March 16/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Elkem has announced its results for full-year 2020 and says that net profits dropped 69%, to 278.0 million Norwegian kroner (USD32.9 million), despite a 9% increase in sales, to NKr24.7 billion, reported Chemweek.

The company says that even though realized prices declined in 2020 and overall market demand was weak, Elkems sales volumes increased in the year owing to an enhanced sales strategy, enabled by competitive cost positions and improved operations compared to 2019. EBITDA increased 1%, to NKr2.7 billion and EBIT declined 19%, to NKr957 million. The company's fourth-quarter profits and sales increased significantly year on year, as reported in February.

We remain optimistic regarding the longer-term global trends that will drive demand for our products. We have all the ingredients in place to make 2021 a successful year for Elkem, while remaining mindful of the uncertainty in our external environment, says Michael Koenig, CEO of Elkem.

As MRC informed previously, in 2015, a consortium of industrial companies, including BASF, universities and research institutes recently launched project RECOBA (Cross-sectorial REal time sensing, advanced COntrol and optimization of BAtch processes, saving energy and raw materials). Under the project coordination of BASF SE, the RECOBA partners include ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Germany; ELKEM AS Technology, Norway; University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; RWTH Aachen University, Germany; University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Republic; the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain; VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH, Germany; Cybernetica AS, Norway; and Minkon Sp. z o.o., Poland.

We remind  that in mid-February, BASF said it was restarting one of its steam crackers at its Ludwigshafen complex in Germany after operations were halted last Wednesday due to a technical issue. The naphtha cracker produces ethylene and propylene, and is one of two crackers on the site. One has a production capacity of 420,000 metric tons/year, with the other"s capacity at 240,000 metric tons/year, according to IHS Markit data.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 241,030 tonnes in January 2021 versus 217,890 tonnes a year earlier. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market reached 141,870 tonnes in January 2021 versus 123,520 tonnes a year earlier. Supply of homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, PP block copolymer, homopolymer PP, propylene, LDPE, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, BASF, Thyssenkrupp, Germany, Norway, Russia.
Category:General News
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