MOSCOW (MRC)--First-quarter imports of polypropylene (PP) into Ukraine rose by 4% year on year, totalling around 28,400 tonnes, with imports of all grades increasing apart from PP random copolymers, according to MRC DataScope.
March PP imports to Ukraine, despite export restrictions from some European and Middle Eastern producers, increased to 10,300 tonnes against 9,800 tonnes a month earlier.
Overall imports of propylene polymers increased to 28,400 tonnes in January-March 2017, compared to 27,300 tonnes a year earlier. PP block copolymer accounted for the greatest increase in imports, whereas demand for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymer) decreased.
The structure of PP supplies over the reported period looked as follows:
March imports of homopolymer PP into the country remained practically at the February level of around 7,800 tonnes. Overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 22,200 tonnes in the first three months of 2017 versus 21,200 tonnes a year earlier.
March imports of PP block copolymers into the country increased to 1,100 tonnes, compared with 800 tonnes in February. Local companies increased imports of pipe and injection moulding grade PP block copolymers.
Imports of PP block copolymers into the country were about 2,900 tonnes in January-March, compared with about 2,500 tonnes year on year. Local pipes producers accounted for the greatest increase in demand.
March imports of PP random copolymers into Ukraine increased to 1,200 tonnes, compared with 923 tonnes in February; local companies significantly increased their imports of pipe grades PP.
Overall imports of PP random copolymers reached 2,300 tonnes in January-March, whereas this figure was slightly over 3,000 tonnes a year earlier. Overall imports of other propylene copolymers were about 581 tonnes over the stated period.
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