(MRC) -- In August PP import supplies to the Ukrainian market increased to record 9 KT, that was 11% more compared with July. The imports growth referred to all PP types, according to MRC DataScope. Over the first eight months, overall PP supplies from foreign markets approached 50 KT, that was 2% more year on year.
Large PP imports in 2010 mostly resulted from a long-term maintenance stop of Ukrainian producer LINIK in May - June. The peak of PP imports in Ukraine fell exactly on the first two months of last summer. Also, the heat wave in July-August caused unscheduled stops of LINIK capacities. PP imports volumes began going down only with autumn coming.
This year, PP-homo supplies to the Ukrainian market have neraly doubled over the last two months. In August, total PP-homo imports in Ukraine made nearly 6 KT.
Last November, Saudi Arabia company NatPet brought its PP to the Ukrainian market. This year sales geography of PP-homo imports has extended. In July - August, Egyptian Propylene & Polypropylene Company (EPPC) presented its raffia in the Ukrainian market. Over the past two months, PP-homo imports from Eastern Europe significantly increased. The materials produced by Slovnaft, Rompetrol, Hipol were actively offered.
A completely different picture is observed in the Ukrainian market of PP copolymers. This year deliveries of PP-impact decreased by 8% year on year and made 10.6 KT. Because of high prices at the beginning of the year, local companies have limited purchases of PP-impact in Europe. A slight increase in consumption was fixed in August.
This year, PP-random market was up by 15%. The main increase in consumption referred to extrusion grades, in particular, suitable for production of pressure pipes made of polypropylene. The demand for IM PP-random with a high index of melt flow rate also increased.