Ukrainian PVC imports down by 28% in Jan-Nov 2019, exports up by 6%

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Imports of suspension polyvinyl chloride (SPVC) into Ukraine decreased in the first eleven months of 2019 by 28% year on year, totalling 44,700 tonnes, whereas sales of Ukrainian PVC to foreign markets rose by 6% year on year, according to MRC's DataScope report.

Last month's SPVC imports into the Ukrainian market went down to 3,300 tonnes from 5,900 tonnes in October, with North American resin accounting for the decrease in shipments from major windows producers. Overall SPVC imports reached 44,700 tonnes in January-November 2019, compared to 61,600 tonnes a year earlier.

European producers with the share of about 64% of the total imports were the key suppliers of resin to the Ukrainian market in the first eleven months of 2019. Producers from the USA with the share of about 36% were the second largest suppliers.

This year's stronger demand for Ukrainian PVC from the domestic market did not lead to lower exports. 13,900 tonnes of suspension were shipped to foreign markets in November, whereas this figure was 17,000 tonnes a year earlier. Overall, 150,400 tonnes of PVC were shipped for export in January-November 2019 versus 142,500 tonnes a year earlier.


Imports of injection moulding PET into Russia increased by 13% in Jan-Nov 2019

MOSCOW (MRC) - Imports of PET chips into Russia increased by 13% in eleven months of this year compared to the same time a year ago and reached 130,800 tonnes compared to 116,100 tonnes (excluding supplies from Belarus over the past two months), according to MRC's ScanPlast.
Russia's PET imports almost doubled to 12,300 tonnes in November against 6,300 tonnes in October; last November, material imports amounted to 8,200 tonnes.

The share of Chinese material was 78% (9,600 tonnes) in November versus 92% (5,800 tonnes) a month earlier.

In November last year, the share of Chinese material in total imports amounted to 94% (7,700 tonnes).

LyondellBasell technology selected for new PP plant in Turkey

MOSCOW (MRC) -- LyondellBasell has announced that Ceyhan Polipropilen Uretim A.S, a joint venture between Turkey’s Ronesans Holding and Algeria’s Sonatrach S.p.A., has selected the company’s Spheripol technology for a new polypropylene (PP) unit to be constructed in Ceyhan, Turkey, reported NCT.

The unit will have a production capacity of 450,000 tons/year of PP.

As MRC informed earlier, in October 2018, Yantai Wanhua Chemical Group has selected technology from LyondellBasell for a new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plant and polypropylene (PP) unit in Yantai City, Shandong Province. The complex will include a 350,000-t/y HDPE plant, based on LyondellBasell's Hostalen ACP process technology, and a 300,000-t/y PP unit, which will utilize LyondelBasell's 5th generation Spheripol PP process technology. Cost of the project and a schedule were not given.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, the estimated PP consumption in the Russian market in January-October 2019 totalled 1,066,520 tonnes, up by 7% year on year. Supply of block copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) and homopolymer of propylene (homopolymer PP) increased, demand for statistical copolymers (PP random copolymer) decreased.

LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its 13,000 employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road. LyondellBasell sells products into approximately 100 countries and is the world's largest licensor of polyolefin technologies.

Versalis to increase Italian ABS capacity

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Eni's Versalis plans to increase production capacity for acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) at its Mantua, Italy, facility, according to GV with reference to several industry reports.

The project will boost ABS capacity at its existing unit by 30,000 t/y. The engineering phase has already begun, and production is scheduled to start in 2020.

Versalis may add another 70,000 t/y of ABS capacity with an additional unit at the site, which would be based on the company's One Step technology. A pilot plant was started up at Mantua in 2017 to validate the One Step technology.

As MRC reported earlier, in mid-September 2018, Versalis opened a new EPDM rubber production plant in Ferrara, which will mainly supply the automotive industry. The new facility is an excellent example of reindustrialization of an Italian production plant. Over 250 million euros were invested in the project, which involved constructing a new production line on a land which was reclaimed and duly authorized for renewed industrial use, and the revamping of the existing elastomer plant.

According to MRC's DataScorpe report, overall ABS imports to the Russian market fell in the first ten months of 2019 by 2% year on year to 28,000 tonnes. This figure was 28,600 tonnes in January-October 2018. October ABS imports to Russia dropped by 4% year on year to 3,500 tonnes from 3,600 tonnes in October 2018. Imports of material into the country were 2,600 tonnes in September 2019.

Eni is an Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome. It has operations in in 79 countries, and is currently Italy's largest industrial company with a market capitalization of 68 billion euros (USD 90 billion), as of August 14, 2013. The Italian government owns a 30.3% golden share in the company, 3.93% held through the state Treasury and 26.37% held through the Cassa depositi e prestiti. Another 39.40% of the shares are held by BNP Paribas.

PE imports to Ukraine increased by 12% in January-November 2019

MOSCOW (MRC) - Imports of polyethylene (PE) into Ukraine increased to about 248,400 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2019, up 12% compared to the same period of 2018. The greatest increase in demand occurred for high density polyethylene (HDPE), according to MRC DataScope.

Last month's PE imports to Ukraine rose to 24,300 tonnes from 23,300 tonnes in October, with high density polyethylene (HDPE) accounting for the increase in shipments. Overall PE imports reached 248,400 tonnes in January-November 2019, compared to 222,100 tonnes a year earlier. The highest supply of HDPE increased most of all, while imports of ethylene copolymers declined.

The supply structure by PE grades looked the following way over the stated period.

November imports of high density polyethylene increased to 8,200 tonnes compared with 6,900 tonnes in OctoberUkrainianan companies increased their imports of blow moulding and injection moulding grade HDPE. Overall HDPE imports reached 87,600 tonnes last year, compared to 70,300 tonnes a year earlier, PE shipments to all consumption sectors increased.

November imports of low density polyethylene (LDPE) into Ukraine were about 7,800 tonnes against 7,900 tonnes a month earlier. Overall LDPE imports reached 73,900 tonnes over the stated period, up by 7% year on year.

Ukraine's PE imports in November remained practically at the October level at about 7,400 tonnes, almost at the January level. In general, January - November LLDPE imports into Ukraine increased to 75,500 tonnes compared with 68,300 tonnes year on year.

Imports of other PE grades, including ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA), totalled 11,400 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 14,500 tonnes a year earlier.