Russia’s PVC output down 5% in January-August

13 September 2016 12:59 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia decreased to about 499,300 tonnes in the first eight months of this year, down 5% compared to the same period of 2015, according to a MRCScanPlast report.

In August, production of unmixed PVC in Russia rose to 78,200 tonnes, compared to 60,600 tonnes a in July.

Following the shutdown in July SayanskKhimPlast significantly increased capacity utilisation in August.

In general, January - August PVC production in Russia decreased to 499,300 tonnes against 523,400 tonnes year on year.

Producer RusVinyl increased production by 36%, while SayanskKhimPlast decreased PVC production by 58% because of force majeure at ethylene production of Angarsk ZP (the only supplier of ethylene).

RusVinyl, a joint venture between SIBUR and SolVin, produced in August more than 29,200 tonnes of PVC, with less than 2,600 tonnes of them accounted for emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC), compared with 23,300 tonnes in July.

RussiaTotal production of resin at RusVinyl in the first eight months of this year was about 209,400 tonnes, compared with 153,900 tonnes year on year.

Bashkir Soda Company (BSC) in August 2016 produced about 21,100 tonnes of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC), while in July it was a little more than 22,000 tonnes.

Producer's production of PVC totalled about 169,800 tonnes in January - August of this year, up 8% year on year.

Kaustik (Volgograd) in August also showed a slight decrease in production, last month's SPVC production exceeded 7,800 tonnes, compared with 7,600 tonnes in July.

Total SPVC production at the plant exceeded 57,200 tonnes in January-August 2016, down 11% year on year.

Weaker production figures was a result of preventive repair in May-June, whereas in previous years the shutdown was held in October.

SayanskKhimPlast significantly increased capacity utilisation in August, having produced more than 20,000 tonnes of SPVC, while in July production of SPVC was about 7,600 tonnes because of interruptions in the supply of ethylene.

Total SPVC production at SayanskKhimPlast  was just 62,800 tonnes in the first eight months of 2016, compared with 148,000 tonnes year on year.

MRC, a partner of ICIS, produces polymers news and pricing reports from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

By Sergey Karaichentsev