MOSCOW (MRC) - Russian producers of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) increased high capacity utilisation in the first three months of the year.
Total production of PVC reached 260,200 tonnes in January-March, up 5% year on year, according to MRC ScanPlast.
March total production of unmixed PVC grew to 90,700 tonnes from 81,700 tonnes a month earlier, Bashkir Soda Company and SayanskKhimPlast increased their capacity utilisation. Overall PVC production reached 260,200 tonnes in January-March 2019, compared to 246,800 tonnes a year earlier. All plants raised their output, except for Kaustik Volgograd.
The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.
RusVinyl (JV of SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 31,200 tonnes of PVC in March, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,500 tonnes, compared to 28,600 tonnes a month earlier. Overall PVC production at RusVinyl was 89,200 tonnes in January-March 2019, up by 5% year on year.
SayanskKhimPlast produced 28,000 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC) last month, whereas this figure was only 25,100 tonnes in February. The Sayansk plant managed to produce about 82,100 tonnes of resin in January-March, compared to 76,700 tonnes a year earlier.
Baskhir Soda Company produced about 24,500 tonnes of SPVC in March, against 21,500 tonnes a month earlier. Total SPVC production at Baskhir Soda Company increased to 68,900 tonnes in the first three months of this year, compared to 66,800 tonnes in the same period in 2018.
Kaustik (Volgograd) produced 7,100 tonnes of SPVC in March, compared with 6,600 tonnes in February. Thus, Kaustik's overall production of SPVC reached 21,300 tonnes in the first three months of 2019 versus 23,600 tonnes a year earlier.