Russia January-August PVC production up by 5%

Author: Sergey Karaichentsev

2021/09/15

MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2021, according to MRC’s ScanPlast report.

August production of unmixed PVC increased to 83,600 tonnes versus 64,600 tonnes a month earlier, coinciding with the end of scheduled turnarounds at two producers in July.

Overall output of polymer totalled 664,100 tonnes in January-August, compared to 632,200 tonnes a year earlier.

Three producers raised their output, whereas one manufacturer maintained its last year’s production.

The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period:

RusVinyl produced 24,200 tonnes of PVC in August compared to 31,700 tonnes a month earlier, as technical issues led to lower capacity utilisation. Emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounted for 2,200 tonnes,

RusVinyl’s overall output of resin exceeded 231,100 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, compared to 216,600 tonnes a year earlier. Higher production was mainly due to the absence of maintenance shutdowns this year.

Sayanskkhimplast significantly increased its capacity utilisation last month and produced more than 28,000 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC) versus 14,200 tonnes in July. The lower July figure output was caused by a shutdown for maintenance.

The Sayansk plant produced 199,100 tonnes of PVC in January-August, compared to 188,700 tonnes a year earlier.

The Bashkir Soda Company (BSK) produced 24,000 tonnes in August, compared to 11,600 tonnes a month earlier, with the lower July figure also caused by a two-week turnaround. Its overall output of resin reached 176,200 tonnes in January-August, which corresponds to the last year’s figure.

Kaustik (Volgograd) produced 7,400 tonnes of SPVC last month compared to 7,100 tonnes in July. The plant’s overall production of resin reached 57,700 tonnes over the eight-month period versus 50,800 tonnes a year earlier.

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