MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia increased to 551,800 tonnes in the first seven months of this year, up 4% compared to the same period of 2017, according to MRC ScanPlast.
Overall PVC production reached 551,800 tonnes in January-July 2018, compared to 530,800 tonnes a year earlier. All plants raised their production, with Bashkir Soda Company accounting for the greatest increase in the output.
In July alone, output of unmixed PVC decreased to 67,200 tonnes from 83,900 tonnes a month earlier, the low indicator of July was a result of a scheduled maintenance works at SayanskKhimPlast.
RusVinyl (joint venture of SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 27,800 tonnes of PVC in July, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,500 tonnes, compared to 28,800 tonnes a month earlier. RusVinyl’s overall production of resin reached 183,600 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018, up 2% year on year.
SayanskKhimPlast shut its capacity for a 30-day scheduled maintenance from 15 July, so the final production of suspension PVC was only 13,100 tonnes, while in June this figure reached the level of 27,000 tonnes. The Sayansk plant managed to produce more than 162,800 tonnes of resin in the first seven months of the year, compared to 156,000 tonnes a year earlier.
Baskhir Soda Company produced about 18,400 tonnes of SPVC in July, against 21,300 tonnes a month earlier. The Bashkir plant’s overall production of PVC exceeded 151,000 tonnes in January-July 2018, up by 7% year on year.
Such a high increase in production was largely a result of the lack of a scheduled shutdown this year, whereas last year the company shut its capacity in mid-July.
Kaustik (Volgograd) slightly increased SPVC production in July, exceeding 8,000 tonnes, compared to 6,900 tonnes in June. The plant’s overall production of resin exceeded 54,500 tonnes over the stated period versus 53,600 tonnes a year earlier.
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