MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP) made at SIBUR-Khimprom in Perm has been certified under the European Pharmacopoeia standards for the medical and pharmacological industries, said the company.
The corresponding certificate allowed SIBUR to expand into the segment of medical compounds abroad. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and enormous rise in demand for disposable protective medical items and equipment, many processors have switched from technical compounds to medical ones.
For instance, a Serbian company that is also a customer of SIBUR started producing medical compounds for surgical masks to be used by hospital staff treating coronavirus patients. The mask body is made from a medical compound based on SIBUR's PVC and DOTP. Such masks come with a replaceable filter and can be used up to five times. In May, they have been shipped to the UK, Croatia, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Romania.
An Eastern European company has set up one of its production lines to make medical compounds using SIBUR’s DOTP. Following successful tests in a customer laboratory, the compound is now being supplied to ventilator mask manufacturers in Western Europe.
In Russia, DOTP is a popular product that has been replacing the previously-used DOP plasticiser thanks to its superior medical properties, such as zero phthalate content, low volatility, and absence of smell. For example, it is used to make plastic containers for transfusion of blood and its components. The Russian-made medical compound and items based on it have been certified by the country's Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor), which attests to the high quality of SIBUR's DOTP plasticiser. Medical items produced in Russia using this plasticiser have gained incredible traction, especially amid the pandemic. SIBUR plans to promote the use of DOTP in medical items, building on its European success.
As MRC informed earlier, SIBUR Holdinghas shut its polyethylene (PE) plants for a planned maintenance since 23 May 2020. Based in Russia, the turnaround includes both old and new PE plants of SIBUR which consists of Tomskneftekhim with 270,000 tons/year of low density polyethylene (LDPE) unit, as well as ZapSibNeftekhim with a 700,000 tons/year high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit and 800,000 tons/year linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)/HDPE swing plant. All PE plants are expected to remain off-stream for about 20 days.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 557,060 tonnes in the first three month of 2020, up by 7% year on year. High density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) shipments rose because of the increased capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. Demand for LDPE subsided. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market was 267,630 tonnes in January-March 2020, down 20% year on year. Homopolymer PP and PP block copolymers accounted for the main decrease in imports.
SIBUR is the largest integrated petrochemicals company in Russia. The Group sells its petrochemical products on the Russian and international markets in two business segments: Olefins & Polyolefins (polypropylene, polyethylene, BOPP films, etc.) Plastics, Elastomers & Intermediates (synthetic rubbers, EPS, PET, etc.). SIBUR’s petrochemicals business utilises mainly own feedstock, which is produced by the Midstream segment using by-products purchased from oil and gas companies. More than 26,000 employees working in SIBUR contribute to the success of customers engaged in the chemical, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive, construction, energy and other industries in 80 countries worldwide. In 2018, SIBUR reported revenue of USD 9.1 billion and adjusted EBITDA of USD 3.3 billion.