In July alone, according to the statistical committee of the Republic of Belarus, local converters slightly reduced their purchasing of unmixed PVC. Ttotal imports were 3,600 tonnes, compared to 3,900 tonnes a month earlier.
PVC imports, therefore, rose in the first seven months of 2017 to 18,900 tonnes, up from 12,600 tonnes in January-July 2016, with local windows producers accounting for the main increase in demand.
Russian producers were the key suppliers of resin to Belarus. They accounted for about 83% of the Belarusian market in the first seven months of the year.
German producers, with a share of about 15%, were the second largest suppliers.
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