Russia PVC production up 10% in Q1

10 April 2018 12:42 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia increased to 246,800 tonnes in the first three months of this year, up 10% compared to the same period of 2017, according to MRC ScanPlast.

Total output of unmixed PVC was 81,500 tonnes in March versus 75,400 tonnes a month earlier. Overall PVC production reached 246,800 tonnes in January-March 2018, compared to 224,700 tonnes a year earlier.

RusVinyl, a joint venture between SIBUR and SolVin produced about 30,800 tonnes of PVC in March, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,500 tonnes, compared to 22,600 tonnes a month earlier. The company's overall production of resin reached 84,600 tonnes in the first three months of 2018 versus 77,600 tonnes a year earlier. The producer will shut its capacities for two week turnaround in the second half of April, according to a company source.

SayanskKhimPlast decreased capacity utilisation last month, the plant’s SPVC production reached 19,800 tonnes, whereas this figure was 25,000 tonnes in February. The Sayansk plant managed to produce only 71,900 tonnes of resin in the first theree months of the year, compared to 59,600 tonnes a year earlier.

Bashkir Soda Company (BSC) produced about 22,900 tonnes of SPVC in March, whereas 20,500 tonnes were produced in February. The Bashkir plant’s overall production of resin was 66,800 tonnes in January-March 2018, up by 3% year on year.

Kaustik (Volgograd) in March slightly increased SPVC production, reaching about 8,000 tonnes, compared with 7,300 tonnes in February. The plant’s overall production of resin reached 23,600 tonnes over the stated period versus 22,600 tonnes a year earlier.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev