Belarus’ LDPE production up 9% in January-June

31 July 2018 13:07 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Belarus’ overall production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) totalled 31,000 tonnes in the first six months of 2018, up by 9% year on year, reported MRC analysts.

According to the National Statistics Committee of Belarus, the local LDPE producer Polymir increased capacity utilisation in June and produced slightly over 5,600 tonnes of polyethylene (PE) versus 3,400 tonnes a month earlier.

Polymir’s total LDPE output was slightly over 31,000 tonnes in January-June 2018, compared to 28,500 tonnes a year earlier.

As reported earlier, Polymir shut down its LDPE production for a scheduled overhaul from 5 May to 20 May.

The Belarusian producer also plans to reach full capacity utilisation at its PE production by late November. Due to a fire occurred in the ethylene unit in 2016, Polymir was forced to reduce its capacity utilisation at LDPE production by almost two-fold.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev