China imposes anti-dumping tariffs on phenol imported from US, EU from September 6

MOSCOW (MRC) -- China will impose anti-dumping tariffs on phenol imported from the United States, the European Union, South Korea, Japan and Thailand from September 6, 2019, reported Reuters with reference to the country's commerce ministry.

Phenol imports from those countries and regions have caused substantial damage to the domestic industry, China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website.

The tariffs will last for five years, according to the statement.

Phenol is the main feedstock component for the production of bisphenol A (BPA), which, in its turn, is used to produce polycarbonate (PC).

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, July imports of PC granules and compounds to Russia, excluding deliveries from Belarus, were 2,3400 tonnes, compared to 1,840 tonnes a month earlier and 1,070 tonnes in July 2018. Last month's imports of PC granules, excluding Belarusian shipments, were 1,940 tonnes (extrusion grade PC - 1,290 tonnes, injection moulding PC - 580 tonnes, blow moulding PC - 80 tonnes) versus 790 tonnes in July 2018. In June 2019, imports of PC granules reached 1,350 tonnes. Shipments of PC granules, excluding imports of Sabic material from Belarus, rose in January-July 2019 by 87% year on year to 9,140 tonnes from 4,890 tonnes a year earlier.

Trinseo raises September prices of copolymers in Europe

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, and its affiliate companies in Europe have announced a price increase for all acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile-styrene copolymer (SAN) grades in Europe, as per the company's press release.

Effective September 1, 2019, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below increased as follows:

- MAGNUM ABS resins - by EUR40 per metric ton;
- TYRIL SAN resins - by EUR45 per metric ton.

As MRC informed before, Trinseo last increased its prices for all ABS and SAN grades on 1 August, 2019. Thus, August prices for the said products grew, as stated below:

- MAGNUM ABS resins - by EUR35 per metric ton;
- TYRIL SAN resins - by EUR35 per metric ton.

According to ICIS-MRC Price report, еhe Russian ABS market is under pressure from lower prices in Asia. In late August, Korean plants' offer prices for Russian customers reached this year's bottom - USD1,470-1,500, FOB Korea, excluding VAT.

Trinseo is a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber. Trinseo's technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in 1Q 2015. Trinseo had approximately USD4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,500 employees.

Consumption of EPS boards fell in the Ukrainian market in August by 25%

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Consumption of EPS boards decreased in the Ukrainian market in August by 25% year on year, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

At the same time, a major EPS boards producer in the Ukrainian market said sales of finished products remained the same as in July.

A downward trend in consumption was also observed in the Ukrainian feedstock market - expandable polystyrene (EPS).

Thus, EPS imports to Ukraine decreased in January-July 2019 by 2% year on year to 19,900 tonnes from 20,300 tonnes a year earlier.

July EPS imports into the region were 3,500 tonnes versus 3,600 tonnes a month earlier and 4,500 tonnes in July 2018.

EPS boards are widely used as heat insulating material for thermal insulation of internal and external cladding structure of the building, its foundations, basements, attics, as well as engineering systems.

Penoplex postponed restart of GPPS production in Kirishi due to shortage of feedstock

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Penoplex, Russia's largest producer of extruded polystyrene foam, was forced to postpone the resumption of its general purpose polystyrene (GPPS) production at the Kirishi plant because of a shortage of feedstock - styrene monomer (SM), the company's sources told MRC on Thursday.

This plant with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes of GPPS per year was shut for maintenance on 5 August 2019 and was supposed to return to operation on schedule - on 5 September, according to ICIS-MRC Price report.

Sources said the first lots of feedstock have already begun to arrive at the plant, thus, an approximate deadline for launching the Kirishi plant's polystyrene (PS) production is now scheduled for 15-18 September.

There was an acute shortage of material, including GPPS, in the Russian PS market in late August, which was partially caused by the outage at the Kirishi plant.

In addition, the resumption of Gazprom neftekhim Salavat's GPPS production after a scheduled turnaround was delayed for several weeks. The plant’s production capacities were taken off-stream for maintenance in July, and premium GPPS grades had not yet entered the market as of the end of last week.

Penoplex is a large Russian producer of polymer-based building and decorative materials. The company began its activity in 1998 with the launch of Russia's first line for the production of heat-insulating materials from extruded polystyrene foam under the PENOPLEX trademark. The company has eight production sites, seven of which are located in Russia and one - in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty region), with a total production capacity of 4 million cubic metres.

SIBUR and Gazprom sign a preliminary agreement to supply LPG to Amur GCC

MOSCOW (MRC) -- SIBUR and Gazprom entered into a preliminary agreement setting out the key commercial terms for the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Gazprom’s Amur Gas Processing Plant (GPP) to SIBUR’s Amur Gas Chemical Complex (GCC), said the producer on its site.

The document was signed by Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board of SIBUR Holding, and Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee.

Gazprom’s Amur GPP treats natural gas to be supplied to China and also produces liquefied petroleum gas, pentane-hexane fraction, helium, and ethane fraction. In its turn, SIBUR is developing the project to construct Amur GCC, which would be integrated with the GPP in a single technology chain to process ethane and LPG into polymers for the domestic and global markets.

According to the preliminary agreement, Gazprom will supply 1.5 mtpa of LPG and ethane fraction to the Amur GCC at formula-based prices. As a result, SIBUR will be able to increase its output from 1.5 mt of polyethylene to 2.3 mt of polyethylene and 400 kt of polypropylene. Earlier SIBUR and Gazprom signed a contract for the supply of ca. 2 mtpa of ethane fraction.

The preliminary agreement will enable SIBUR to continue working on the extended version of its Amur GCC project and make a final investment decision by the end of 2019, while Gazprom will acquire a reliable consumer of valuable gas feedstock produced at the Amur GPP.

This partnership will foster the creation of the largest gas processing and gas-chemical cluster in the Amur Region to boost the economic and social development of the entire Far Eastern Federal District. The cluster will enable the Russian processing of the hydrocarbon feedstock from the Amur GPP into in-demand, high added-value products, while also creating over 4,000 skilled jobs at the GCC and the GPP, and more than 5,000 jobs in associated industries, and enhancing the social, transport, and service infrastructure of the town of Svobodny in the Amur Region. It should also significantly boost tax payments to state and municipal budgets.

Dmitry Konov, Chairman of the Management Board at SIBUR Holding: "The signing of the agreement opens up an opportunity for us to increase the amount of hydrocarbon feedstock to be processed in Russia. If we opt for an extended version of the project, LPG will be processed domestically instead of being exported, thus providing additional feedstock for related industries and enabling us to manufacture more high-tech export-oriented products".

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polyprolypele (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,255,800 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019, up by 9% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. Meanwhile, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 796,120 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 11% year on year. Shipments of PP block copolymer and homopolymer PP increased.

SIBUR is a uniquely positioned vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company. We own and operate Russia’s largest gas processing business in terms of associated petroleum gas processing volumes and are a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry. As of 31 March 2014, SIBUR operated 27 production sites located all over Russia, had over 1,400 large customers engaged in the energy, chemical, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive, construction and other industries in approximately 70 countries worldwide and employed over 27,000 personnel.