PVC production in Russia up by 8% in January-August 2018

07 September 2018 15:07 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (MRC)--Russia’s overall production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rose in the first eight months of 2018, as all producers increased their output, according to MRC.

Overall PVC production reached 622,500 tonnes in January-August 2018, compared to 577,400 tonnes a year earlier. All plants raised their production, with Bashkir Soda Company accounting for the greatest increase in the output.

August production of unmixed PVC grew to 70,600 tonnes from 67,200 tonnes a month earlier.

RusVinyl produced about 30,000 tonnes of PVC in August, compared to 27,800 tonnes a month earlier, while its overall output of resin reached 213,500 tonnes in the first eight months of 2018, up 5% year on year.

SayanskKhimPlast shut down its production capacities for a 30-day scheduled maintenance on 15 July, thus, last month’s total output of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) was only 10,300 tonnes, wheres this figure reached 13,100 tonnes in July.

The Sayansk plant managed to produce over 173,100 tonnes of resin in the first eight months of 2018, compared to 159,400 tonnes a year earlier.

Baskhir Soda Company. Meanwhile, produced 22,500 tonnes of SPVC in August versus 18,400 tonnes a month earlier. The Bashkir plant’s overall production of resin exceeded 173,500 tonnes in January-August 2018, up by 14% year on year.

Such a great increase in the output was largely caused by the absence of a scheduled shutdown this year, whereas last year, the plant took its production capacities off-stream in mid-July.

Kaustik’s (Volgograd) output was 7,800 tonnes, compared to 8,000 tonnes in July. The plant’s overall production of resin exceeded 62,300 tonnes over the stated period, versus 61,300 tonnes a year earlier.

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By Sergey Karaichentsev