) -- Polypropylene (PP) imports into Russia increased by 15% year on year to about 257,400 tonnes in 2021.
Propylene copolymers accounted for the main increase in imports, according to MRC's DataScope
Russian companies increased their PP purchases last month, imports were 29,800 tonnes versus 17,500 tonnes in November, imports of all grades of propylene polymers decreased. Thus, overall PP imports into Russia reached 257,400 tonnes in January-December 2021, compared to 223,400 tonnes a year earlier. Imports of all types of propylene polymers increased, with the smallest increase in supply accounted for homopolymer PP.
Overall, the structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
December imports of homopolymer PP were slightly less than 11,800 tonnes versus 6,000 tonnes a month earlier, shipments from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan increased significantly. Thus, overall imports of homopolymer PP totalled 95,300 tonnes in 2021, compared to 92,400 tonnes a year earlier.
December imports of PP block copolymers in Russia were about 9,800 tonnes against 6,400 tonnes in November, demand for Asian and Azerbaijani polypropylenes decreased from Russian companies. Imports of PP block copolymers into Russia reached 79,600 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 60,200 tonnes a year earlier.
December imports of stat-copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) increased to 5,500 tonnes from 1,800 tonnes a month earlier, with injection moulding and film products producers accounting for the main increase in shipments. Overall imports of this propylene copolymers grade totalled 42,700 tonnes in 2021, compared to 36,600 tonnes a year earlier.
Russia's imports of other polymers of propylene for the period were about 39,800 tonnes in 2021, compared with 34,200 tonnes year on year.MRC