MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia increased to about 386,500 tonnes in the first five months of this year, up 24% compared to the same period of 2016, according to MRC ScanPlast.
A low production of the previous year was a result of the forced shutdown of SayanskKhimPlast.
May production of unmixed PVC in Russia rose to 84,000 tonnes from 77,800 tonnes a month earlier, with all producers increasing output. Overall PVC production reached 386,500 tonnes in January-May 2017, compared to 310,500 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.
RusVinyl, a joint venture of SIBUR and SolVin, in May produced about 27,800 tonnes of PVC, with 2,200 tonnes of them accounted for emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC), compared with 25,000 tonnes in April. Total SPVC production at RusVinyl reached 130,400 tonnes in January-May 2017, down 2% year on year.
SayanskKhimPlast increased capacity utilisation last month, the plant’s SPVC production reached 25,900 tonnes, whereas this figure was only 24,000 tonnes in April.
SayanskKhimPlast’s production of SPVC over the five months totalled 109,400 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 May 2017 produced 22,300 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC), while in April it was 21,100 tonnes. The producer"s PVC production increased to 108,300 tonnes in the first five months of 2017, compared with 105,900 tonnes year on year.
Kaustik (Volgograd) in May slightly increased SPVC production, slightly exceeded 8,000 tonnes, compared with 7,800 tonnes in April. Total SPVC production at the plant over the reported period reached 38,300 tonnes, compared with 36,000 tonnes year on year.
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