Russia PVC production up 17% in January-November year on year

13 December 2017 10:49 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) grew in the first 11 months of 2017 by 17% year on year, totalling 820,500 tonnes, according to MRC ScanPlast.

November production of unmixed PVC in Russia rose to 85,200 tonnes from 82,900 tonnes a month earlier, with Kaustik Volgograd increasing capacity utilisation.

Overall PVC production reached 820,500 tonnes in January-November, compared to 701,200 tonnes a year earlier.

Only two plants out of four have increased output, and such a high level of output growth this year was a result of low stocks in 2016.

The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period:

RusVinyl, a joint venture of SIBUR and SolVin, last month reduced capacity utilisation, with the enterprise producing around 28,500 tonnes of PVC in November, of which about 2,300 tonnes was  emulsion PVC (EPVC), against 29,800 tonnes a month earlier.

Thus, RusVinyl’s overall production of resin reached 283,000 tonnes in the first 11 months of 2017, up by 3% year on year.

SayanskKhimPlast decreased capacity utilisation in November, having produced about 26,200 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC) compared to 27,800 tonnes a month earlier.

The producer managed to manufacture 238,700 tonnes of resin in January-November, compared to 119,800 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 22,600 tonnes of SPVC last month versus 21,700 tonnes in October.

The plant’s output of resin totalled about 219,900 tonnes in the first 11 months of 2017, compared to 226,000 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) produced around 8,000 tonnes of suspension PVC in November versus 3,500 tonnes a month earlier. The enterprise from 25 September to 18 October stopped its capacity for preventive maintenance.

The plant’s overall production of resin reached 79,000 tonnes over the stated period versus 80,400 tonnes a year earlier.

PVC imports to Ukraine down by 5% year on year in January-November.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev