In October alone, PP imports to Belarus dropped to 6,400 tonnes from 8,300 tonnes a month earlier. Lower shipments of propylene polymers were caused by scheduled shutdowns for maintenance at Russian plants..
October imports of propylene homopolymers to the Belarusian market dropped to 4,700 tonnes from 5,400 tonnes a month earlier, as all Russian producers reduced their PP shipments because of outages at some plants.
Overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 52,800 tonnes in the first ten months of 2017, compared to 51,900 tonnes a year earlier. Russian producers, with a share of about 87% of the total shipments, were the key suppliers.
October imports of propylene copolymers to Belarus decreased to 1,700 tonnes from 3,000 tonnes a month earlier, as local companies reduced their procurement of injection moulding statistical copolymers (PP random copolymers) in Russia.
Overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 25,700 tonnes in January-October, whereas this figure was 25,200 tonnes a year earlier.
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