Ukraine Jan-Oct PP imports up by 3% year on year

24 November 2017 14:12 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Overall imports of polypropylene (PP) into the Ukrainian market increased in the first 10 months of 2017 by 3% year on year to 100,500 tonnes, according to MRC’s DataScope report.

October PP imports into Ukraine rose to 11,100 tonnes, compared with 9,300 tonnes in September, with homopolymer PP raffia grade making up the bulk of the increase.

Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 100,500 tonnes in January-October 2017, compared to 97,800 tonnes a year earlier.

Demand for all PP grades increased, but PP block copolymers accounted for the greatest growth.

The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period:

Last month’s imports of homopolymer PP to the Ukrainian market grew to 8,600 tonnes from 6,600 tonnes in September.

The main increase in deliveries fell on polypropylene from Saudi Arabia and Russia. Imports of homopolymer PP into the country over the 10 months reached 76,600 tonnes, up 3% year on year.

October imports of PP block copolymers into the country decreased to 1,100 tonnes, almost the same level as in September.

Local companies kept their demand for injection moulding and pipe propylene copolymers at a high level.

Imports of PP block copolymers into the country were about 10,800 tonnes in January-October, compared with a little more than 10,000 tonnes in the same period last year. Local pipes producers accounted for the greatest increase in demand.

October imports of PP random copolymers into Ukraine decreased to 1,100 tonnes against 1,500 tonnes in September, with the fall in purchases led by local producers of pipes and injection moulding products.

Overall imports of PP random copolymers reached 11,300 tonnes in January-October 2017, whereas this figure was 11,100 tonnes a year earlier.

Total imports of other propylene copolymers over the reported period were 1,800 tonnes, compared with 2,000 tonnes in the same time a year earlier.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev