MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imports of polycarbonate (PC) to Ukraine increased by 11% in January-September 2013 compared to the same period last year and totalled about 3,000 tonnes, according to MRC DataScope report.
Ukraine's PC imports from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, South Korea and China have been steadily increasing over the reported period. The biggest increase in PC imports over the three quarters occurred for the supplies from China, which grew half as much compared to the last year's level and reached 116 tonnes.
Sabic and Bayer, with their shares of 33% and 30% from the total, were the leaders in PC imports to the domestic market of Ukraine over January-September 2013.
Injection moulding PC grades were the most popular grades among Ukrainian producers of automotive components and electrical appliances.
Since the beginning of this year the share of injection moulding PC-chips imports in the total external PC supplies to Ukraine was 79%.
MOSCOW (MRC) -- August imports of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) fell by 13% from July. PP accounted for the main decrease in shipments, reported MRC analysts.
The August PE and PP imports to Belarus dropped to 14,900 tonnes from 17,100 tonnes in July. PP accounted for the largest decline in supplies on higher prices in Europe and limited export quotas from Russian producers.
High density polyethylene (HDPE) is the only polyolefin, imports of which to Belarus rose in August. The overall imports grew up to 5,400 tonnes from 5,300 tonnes in July. The key HDPE suppliers are still Russian producers with a share of about 56%.
The overall HDPE imports to Belarus increased by a quarter to 42,200 tonnes in the first eight months of 2013. Imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) dropped by 21% in August from July and totalled about 3,000 tonnes. Saudi Arabian PE accounted for about half of the total imports.
The overall imports of LDPE and LLDPE fell to 29,400 tonnes in January-August 2013 from 38,700 tonnes a year earlier.
Imports of homopolymer of propylene (homopolymer PP) and copolymers of propylene decreased by 12% and 31%, respectively, from July and amounted to 4,700 tonnes and 1,800 tonnes, respectively. The main reasons for the reduction are limited export quotas from Russian producers (for homopolymer PP) and higher prices in Europe (for copolymers of propylene).
The overall import of homopolymer PP and copolymers of propylene to Belarus in the first eight months of the year totalled 39,100 tonnes and 14,300 tonnes, respectively, while in the same period of 2012 it was 40,700 tonnes and 14,400 tonnes, respectively.
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polyplastics Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of a wholly owned sales subsidiary in Mexico City, Mexico, according to the company's press release.
The subsidiary commenced business on October 1.
The new company was created to expand the reach of Polyplastics' sales in the North American market, focusing on the local sales and development needs of existing and new Japanese-affiliated customer companies in this quickly developing region.
In addition, Polyplastics USA, Inc. is expanding its warehouse network, local inventory and order fulfillment functions in North America to quickly and efficiently process orders for our existing and new customers in the region. Its broad product offering includes DURACON(R) POM, DURANEX(R) PBT and DURAFIDE(R) PPS accompanied by our technical solutions network to the market.
As MRC reported earlier, last year Polyplastics Co., Ltd. completed the acquisition of 100% ownership of LCP Leuna Carboxylation Plant GmbH, a German supplier of p-HBA (p-hydroxybenzoate, a key monomer for liquid crystal polymer), from Infatrade (UK) Ltd., London. The liquid crystal polymer is one of the super engineering plastics and has excellent properties such as heat resistance, dimensional stability, flowability and moldability. In recent years, LCP is mainly applied to key electronic parts of cutting-edge IT devices such as smart phones and tablet computers.
Polyplastics is a joint venture between Tokyo-headquartered Daicel and engineering plastics firm Ticona. The company produces polyoxymethylene (POM), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), fiberglass reinforced polyethylene terephthalate (GF-PET), liquid crystal polymers (LCP), polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) and transparent resin cyclic olefin copolymer (COC).
MOSCOW (MRC) -- Jiangsu Leasty Chemical is in plans to shut a styrene monomer (SM) plant for maintenance turnaround, reported Apic-online.
A Polymerupdate source in China informed that the plant is likely to be taken off-stream in February 2014. It is likely to remain off-stream for around one month.
Locatd in Jiangsu province, China, the plant has a production capacity of 420,000 mt/year.
As MRC informed previously, another Chinese petrochemical producer Xuzhou Hiatian Petrochemical shut down a polypropylene (PP) plant on 26 August. The duration of the closure could not be ascertained. The closure has been attributed to non-availability of feedstock propylene. Located in Jiangsu, China, the plant has a production capacity of 200,000 mt/year.