MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia's output of products from polymers continued to increase in May year on year by 8% under the pressure of seasonal factors, driving January-May growth to 5% year on year, according to MRC analysts.
The Russian Federal State Statistics Service said May production of plastic pipes, hoses and fittings dropped to 44,400 tonnes from 46,600 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of these products totalled 185,200 tonnes in the first five months of 2017, down by 1.3% year on year.
Last month's production of unreinforced and non-combined films was 96,200 tonnes, compared to 84,100 tonnes in April. Output of films products grew in January-May by 7.3% year on year to 410,600 tonnes.
May production of non-porous boards, sheets and films decreased to 27,300 tonnes from 29,200 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of these products rose in January-May 2017 to 133,300 tonnes, up by 10.7% year on year.
Last month's production of porous boards, sheets and polymer films was 23,000 tonnes, whereas this figure was 21,700 tonnes in April. Overall output of these polymer products fell over the stated period by 1.1% year on year to 97,200 tonnes.
May production of plastic windows and window sills, and door blocks increased to 1.8m square metres (sqm) and 74,700 sqm respectively, versus 1.6m sqm and 67,900 sqm a month earlier.
Output of these products was 6.6 million sqm in the first five months of the year (up by 0.9% year on year) and 319,700 sqm (down by 8.8% year on year), respectively.
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