MOSCOW (MRC)--Ukraine’s polypropylene (PP) imports increased by 9% year on year in the first seven months of the year, as demand for all PP grades increased, according to MRC DataScope.
Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 74,000 tonnes in January-July 2018, compared to 67,700 tonnes a year earlier. Demand for all PP grades increased, but PP block copolymers accounted for the greatest growth.
July PP imports into Ukraine rose to 13,200 tonnes, compared with 10,800 tonnes in June.
July imports of homopolymers of propylene to the Belarusian market rose to 10,200 tonnes against 8,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 54,700 tonnes in the first seven months of 2018 versus 51,600 tonnes a year earlier.
Last month's imports of block propylene copolymers (PP block copolymers) were 1,300 tonnes, compared to 1,200 tonnes in June. Imports of PP block copolymers into the country were about 7,700 tonnes in January-July, compared with about 7,500 tonnes year on year.
July imports of of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) came to 1,500 tonnes versus 1,300 tonnes a month earlier. Overall imports of PP random copolymer exceeded 10,200 tonnes in January-July 2018, whereas this figure was 7,400 tonnes a year earlier.
Overall imports of other propylene copolymers totalled slightly over 1,300 tonnes over the stated period.
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