October production of unmixed PVC in Russia rose to 82,900 tonnes from 75,110 tonnes a month earlier. Two producers increased their output, SayanskKhimplast and RusVinyl.
Overall PVC production reached 735,400 tonnes in January-October 2017, compared to 627,000 tonnes a year earlier. Only two plants out of four increased their output, and this year’s high level of production growth was caused by the long forced outage at SayanskKhimPlast in February-July 2016.
RusVinyl raised its capacity utilisation last month with the plant producing 29,800 tonnes of PVC, 2,700 tonnes out of which was emulsion PVC (EPVC), compared to 20,700 tonnes in September, when the plant shut its production capacities for a short turnaround. Thus, RusVinyl’s overall production of resin reached 254,400 tonnes in the first ten months of 2017, up by 4% year on year.
SayanskKhimPlast produced over 27,800 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC) in October versus 25,300 tonnes a month earlier. SayanskKhimPlast manufactured 212,500 tonnes of resin in January-October 2017, compared to 104,300 tonnes a year earlier (last year’s low production was caused by a forced long outage from mid-February to July 2016).
Bashkir Soda Company produced 21,700 tonnes of SPVC last month versus 22,700 tonnes in September. The Bashkir plant’s PVC production totalled 197,300 tonnes in the first ten months of 2017, compared to 204,400 tonnes a year earlier. The plant"s lower output was largely caused by the forced shutdown in August because of problems with the supply of ethylene.
Kaustik (Volgograd) resumed its PVC production on 18 October after a scheduled maintenance (the outage started on 25 September), the plant managed to produce 3,500 tonnes of PVC over the incomplete month of operations, compared to 6,400 tonnes a month earlier. The plant’s overall production of resin reached 71,200 tonnes over the stated period versus 72,800 tonnes a year earlier.
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