Russia Jan-April PVC production up by 18% year on year

17 May 2017 10:45 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia increased to about 302,600 tonnes in the first four months of the year, up 18% compared to the same period of 2016.

Low production last year was a result of the forced shutdown of SayanskKhimPlast, according to MRC ScanPlast.

April production of unmixed PVC in Russia grew to 77,800 tonnes, compared with 72,600 tonnes in March 2017.

SayanskKhimPlast shut its capacities for short scheduled maintenance works in March.

Overall PVC production reached 302,600 tonnes in January-April 2017, compared to 257,200 tonnes a year earlier.

Such a high level of growth in production was a result of long forced shutdown of SayanskKhimPlast in February-July last year.

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

RusVinyl (joint venture of SIBUR and SolVin) in April produced about 25,000 tonnes of PVC, with 2,100 tonnes of them accounted for emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC), compared with 27,000 tonnes in March.

Total SPVC production at RusVinyl exceeded 102,600 tonnes in January-April 2017, down 3% year on year.

SayanskKhimPlast increased capacity utilisation last month with the plant’s SPVC production reaching 24,000 tonnes, up from 15,800 tonnes in March.

SayanskKhimPlast’s production of SPVC over the four months totalled 83,500 tonnes against 35,300 tonnes year on year (the low production in 2016 was forced long shutdown in February-July).

Bashkir Soda Company (BSC) in April 2017 produced about 21,100 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC), while in March it was 22,100 tonnes.

The producer’s PVC production increased to about 86,100 tonnes in the first four months of 2017, compared with 84,400 tonnes year on year.

Kaustik (Volgograd) in April slightly increased SPVC production, reaching about 7,800 tonnes compared with 7,700 tonnes in March.

Total SPVC production at the plant over the reported period reached 30,300 tonnes, compared with 31,300 tonnes year on year.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev