Imports of PP into Belarus grew to 8,900 tonnes in June, under the pressure of seasonal factors, from 8,100 tonnes in May; demand increased for PP copolymers, but purchases of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) were reduced. Imports of propylene polymers exceeded 44,900 tonnes in January-June 2016, compared with 38,900 tonnes in the same period of 2015. Injection moulding propylene copolymers accounted for the largest increase in imports.
The supply structure by PP grade was as follows over the stated period.
Imports of homopolymer PP to the Belarusian market dropped to 5,200 tonnes in June, from 5,700 tonnes in May. Local companies reduced their purchasing of homopolymer PP of raffia grade in Russia. However, imports of homopolymer PP rose to 30,400 tonnes in the first six months of this year, compared with 27,200 tonnes in the same period last year. Russian producers were the main suppliers, with a share of more than 92% of the total shipments.
Imports of propylene copolymers into Belarus grew to 3,700 tonnes in June, from 2,400 tonnes in May; local converters increased their purchases of injection moulding grades of propylene copolymers in Russia. This meant imports of propylene copolymers exceeded 14,500 tonnes in January-June 2016, compared with 11,700 tonnes in the same period of 2015. Russian producers, with a share of about 89%, were also the main suppliers of propylene copolymers.
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