The greatest increase in demand occurred for high density polyethylene (HDPE).
October imports of polyethylene to Ukraine practically remained at the level of September and reached about 19,100 tonnes, local companies increased purchases of HDPE and low density polyethylene (LDPE).
Overall PE imports decreased 204,500 tonnes in January-October 2017, compared to 216,400 tonnes a year earlier, on lower demand for LDPE and HDPE, while demand for other ethylene polymers increased.
Last month, imports of HDPE into the Ukrainian market increased, and some local companies actively built up additional stocks of pipe and injection moulding HDPE.
October HDPE imports into the country were about 6,900 tonnes, compared with 5,900 tonnes in September.
Overall HDPE imports decreased to 81,500 tonnes in the first ten months of the year, compared to 101,000 tonnes a year earlier.
The most reduction in imports accounted in the film HDPE, resulting from the resumption of local production.
October LDPE imports grew to 6,000 tonnes from 5,600 tonnes a month earlier, with Russian producers accounting for the main increase in shipments.
Overall LDPE imports exceeded 55,500 tonnes over the stated period, down by 1% year on year.
October’s LLDPE imports were 4,900 tonnes, compared to 6,400 tonnes in September, with stretch films producers accounting for a decrease in demand.
Overall LLDPE imports grew to 54,200 tonnes in January-October 2017 from 48,100 tonnes a year earlier.
Producers of film products and large items, produced by rotational moulding, accounted for the main increase in demand.
Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled 13,300 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 11,400 tonnes a year earlier.
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