MOSCOW (MRC)--Exports of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) from Russia totaled 97,300 tonnes in the first half of 2019, up by 42% year on year, while imports increased by 10% to 13,100 tonnes, according to MRC’s DataScope report.
Russian producers have kept fairly high exports of PVC, even amid upcoming scheduled shutdowns for two major production sites. Last month’s exports of Russian suspension were 15,700 tonnes, compared to 12,800 tonnes in May.
Indian buyers were the main importers of Russian resin so far this year, with overall sales of 55,200 tonnes.
Sufficient supply of PVC from domestic producers, even given high exports and weak demand from converters, led to lower imports in the first three months of the year, but purchases in foreign markets have begun to grow gradually since April.
June SPVC imports were 5,200 tonnes, compared to 2,800 tonnes a month earlier.
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