MOSCOW (MRC)--Overall imports of polypropylene (PP) into Belarus grew in January-November 2017 by 1% year on year to about 87,000 tonnes, with demand for all PP grades increasing, according to MRC DataScope.
November PP imports into Belarus rose to 8,600 tonnes, compared with 6,400 tonnes in October. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 87,000 tonnes in January-November 2017, compared to 86,200 tonnes a year earlier.
November imports of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) to the Belarusian market dropped to 5,600 tonnes from 4,700 tonnes a month earlier, with all Russian producers reducing their PP shipments because of outages at some plants.
Overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 58,400 tonnes in the eleven months of 2017, compared to 58,000 tonnes a year earlier. Russian producers with the share of about 87% of the total shipments were the key suppliers.
November imports of propylene copolymers to Belarus decreased to 2,900 tonnes from 1,700 tonnes a month earlier, while local companies increased their procurement of injection moulding statistical copolymers (PP random copolymers) in Russia. Thus, overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 28,600 tonnes in January-November 2017, whereas this figure was 28,200 tonnes a year earlier.
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