(MRC) -- In August, Russian converters increased consumption of all high-bulk polymers. Following the official data, over the eight months, the production of plastic products in Russia have grown by 16.3%, according to MRC ScanPlast.
In August, according to official Rosstat's data, total production of polymers in primary forms in Russia made 439 KT, that was by 3% down, compared to July. In general, over the eight months, total production of primary-form polymers grew by 8.9% year on year. Also production of primary-form polymers of ethylene increased by 5.3%, primary-form polymers of styrene - by 15.6%, primary-form polymers of propylene and other primary-form olefins - by 12.4%, which resulted from increased output of Tomskneftechem Ltd, Gazprom neftechem Salavat JSC, Ufaorgsyntez JSC, Nizhneskamskneftechem JSC, Petrochemicals RPE Ltd, Stavrolen Ltd, Polystyrene Ltd on the back of grown demand for plastic products.
Export primary-form polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene and polyvinyl chloride), excluding shipments to the Common Customs Union, made more than 251 KT, that was less by 20% year on year. The main decrease in exports fell at polyethylene. Imports of primary-form polymers, by contrast, grew to 1075 KT, that by 36% up year on year. The largest imports increase was seen in primary-form polymers of vinyl chloride and ethylene. This year the import of these high bulk polymers has increased by 44% and 32% respectively.
According to official data, the production of plastic products in January-August grew by 16.3% year on year. Following the August results, the total volume of pipes, hoses and fittings made 53.8 KT. In general, over the eight months, production volume of these products grew by one third. Last month production volume of polymer sheets made 14.3 KT. Following January - August results, it increased by 17%. The production of windows, window frames and polymer sills in August made 234 mln m2, the production gain at the year-end made 15.4%.