MOSCOW (MRC) - Russian producers of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have decreased capacity utilisation in April. Overall PVC output totalled 351,000 tonnes in January-April 2020, up by 2% year on year, according to MRC's ScanPlast report.
April production of unmixed PVC in Russia was 83,900 tonnes from 89,900 tonnes a month earlier, producers RusVinyl and SayanskKhimPlast decreased capacity utilisation. The total volume of PVC production increased to 351,000 tonnes in January-April against 343,400 tonnes a year earlier.
The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.
RusVinyl (JV of SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 26,500 tonnes of PVC in April, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,500 tonnes, compared to 29,900 tonnes a month earlier. Total SPVC production at RusVinyl increased to 118,700 tonnes in the first four months of this year, compared to 116,100 tonnes in the same period in 2019.
SayanskKhimPlast produced 27,000 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC) in April, whereas this figure was 28,500 tonnes in March. The Sayansk plant managed to produce about 110,300 tonnes of PVC in January-April, compared to 108,000 tonnes a year earlier.
Baskhir Soda Company produced about 23,200 tonnes of SPVC in April, against 24,200 tonnes a month earlier. Total SPVC production at Baskhir Soda Company increased to 92,900 tonnes in the first four months of this year, compared to 91,100 tonnes in the same period in 2019.
Kaustik (Volgograd) produced about 7,200 tonnes of SPVC in April, compared with 7,400 tonnes in March. The plant's overall production of PVC reached 29,100 tonnes over the stated period versus 28,200 tonnes a year earlier.