MOSCOW (MRC) -- Overall polypropylene (PP) imports into Belarus only grew in the first four months of 2021 by 7% year on year to 38,700 tonnes. Demand for all grades of propylene polymers increased, according to MRC's DataScope report.
April PP imports into the Republic of Belarus rose to 11,800 tonnes from 10,200 tonnes a month earlier. Local companies raised their purchasing of homopolymer of propylene (homopolymer PP) in Azerbaijan and Russia. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 38,700 tonnes in January-April 2021, compared to 36,200 tonnes a year earlier, demand for all grades of propylene polymers increased, with homopolymer PP accounting for the greatest growth in demand.
The supply structure by PP grades looked the following way over the stated period.
April imports of homopolymer PP rose to 8,400 tonnes from 6,900 tonnes a month earlier, purchases of injection moulding homopolymer PP in Russia and Azerbaijan increased. Overall imports of homopolymer PP reached 27,900 tonnes in January-April 2021, up by 9.1% year on year.
April imports of propylene copolymers into Belarus were 2,800 tonnes versus 2,600 tonnes a month earlier, local companies significantly increased their procurement of injection moulding block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymer) from Russian producers. Thus, overall imports of propylene copolymers reached 8,800 tonnes over the stated period, up by 1% year on year.