MOSCOW (MRC) - Production of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia increased to about 699,900 tonnes in the first nine months of this year, up 7% compared to the same period of 2017. All producers increased production volumes over the reported period, according to MRC ScanPlast.
September output of unmixed PVC increased to 77,400 tonnes against 70,600 tonnes a month earlier, the low indicator of August was a result of a scheduled maintenance works at SayanskKhimPlast. Overall PVC production reached 699,900 tonnes in January-September 2018, compared to 652,500 tonnes a year earlier. All plants raised their production, with Bashkir Soda Company and RusVinyl accounting for the greatest increase in the output.
The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.
RusVinyl (JV of SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 29,800 tonnes of PVC in September, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,300 tonnes, compared to 30,000 tonnes a month earlier. RusVinyl's overall output of resin reached 243,300 tonnes in the first nine months of 2018, up 8% year on year.
Sayanskhimplast last month increased its capacity utilization, the final output of suspension PVC reached 24,000 tonnes, whereas in August it amounted to only 10,300 tonnes (from 15 July to 15 August, the company shut the capacities for scheduled maintenance ). The Sayansk plant managed to produce over 197,200 tonnes of resin in the first nine months of 2018, compared to 184,600 tonnes a year earlier.
Bashkir soda company (BSC) in the second half of September, due to technical problems, reduced capacity utilisation, so the total PVC production amounted to 16,400 tonnes against 22,500 tonnes a month earlier. The Bashkir plant's overall production of PVC reached 190,000 tonnes in January-September 2018, up by 8% 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 off-stream its production capacities in mid-July.
Kaustik (Volgograd) in September decreased SPVC production, reaching about 7,200 tonnes, compared with 7,800 tonnes in August. The plant's overall production of resin exceeded 69,500 tonnes over the stated period versus 67,700 tonnes a year earlier.