MOSCOW (MRC)--Imports of polypropylene (PP) to Belarus rose in the first four months of 2018 by 8% year on year, with demand for all grades increasing, according to MRC’s DataScope report.
April PP imports were 9,200 tonnes versus 8,100 tonnes a month earlier, with propylene copolymers accounting for the main increase in shipments.
Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 32,100 tonnes in January-April, compared to 29,700 tonnes in the same period a year earlier.
The supply structure by PP grades looked the following way:
April imports of homopolymers of propylene (homopolymer PP) to the Belarusian market grew to 5,700 tonnes from 5,500 tonnes a month earlier. Local companies increased their purchasing of injection moulding PP in Russia.
Overall homopolymer PP imports reached 21,500 tonnes in the first four months of 2018, up by 6.8% year on year.
Russian producers with the share of about 86% of the total shipments were the key suppliers.
April imports of propylene copolymers to Belarus were 3,500 tonnes, compared to 2,600 tonnes a month earlier, with local companies reducing their procurement of injection moulding block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) in Russia and the Middle East.
Overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 10,700 tonnes in January-April, up from 9,600 tonnes a year earlier.
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