Polypropylene prices to rise in Russia in March

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polypropylene prices will rise in the Russian market in March. By the end of February, polypropylene prices had moved at the level of RUB49.500-52.000/mt - according to MRC Price Report.

Price hikes are inevitable in the Russian market. Shortage of the polymer in the domestic market caused by reduced output at Russian sites and insufficient imports from Turkmenistan and Ukraine turned out to be the reason of weekly price adjustments.

The market situation is expectedly to be more stable in March; however, prices will be higher than the February maximum. Shipments of Lisichansk raffia to the Russian market have reportedly been resumed this week.


For more detailed information on the Russian polypropylene market, see Price Report.

Taiwanese producer keeps PE prices stable in China

February 25 (alibaba.com) -- A major Taiwanese producer reported offering LLDPE c4 and HDPE film prices at the same levels compared to the pre-holiday period. Currently, they are offering LLDPE c4 film at $1500/ton and HDPE film at $1430/ton on CFR China main port, subject to 6.5% customs duty, cash basis for early March delivery. The producer had announced the same levels for February shipment at the beginning of the month.

The producer admits that they are facing difficulties when concluding deals at the abovementioned levels. "Therefore, we are willing to offer small discounts in return of firm bids in order to stimulate some buying interest," they comment. Meanwhile, sources in the country report that many converters are yet to return to the market as most of them elected to have a longer holiday, extending their away time up to two weeks.

Looking at the ethylene market in Asia, prices have recorded $100-105/ton decreases since the beginning of February due to the ample supply levels, caused by the heavy import activities from the Middle East as well as the regional producers. Now, spot ethylene prices are pegged at $1250-1260/ton on CFR NEA and at $1300/ton on CFR SEA basis.


PP-homo imports up 4.5 times in Ukraine

MOSCOW (MRC) -- In January 2010, PP-homo imports in Ukraine went up by more than 4.5 times (to 3.51 kt) compared to the same period last year - according to MRC DataScope report.

Lack of Ukrainian PP-homo in January was covered by supplies from Russia, which increased more than three times compared to December 2009. Major imports belonged to Stavrolen's PP-homo - 1.36 kt.

In January, imports of European PP-homo fell by nearly 45%, compared to December 2009. The main reasons were high prices for European material and weak demand for high-viscosity injection moulding grades.

PP-homo demand in the injection moudlign sector is still weak. At the same time, buying activity in the sector of fibres and filaments became much stronger. The share of feedstock imported to that sector in January amounted to 41% of overall imports.


For more detailed information, see DataScope Report.

PolyMirae to launch PP random copolymer for pipes

February 25 (plasteurope) -- PolyMirae, a joint venture between LyondellBasell and Daelim, has launched a new PP random copolymer for use in hot and cold water pipe applications.

The product, ⌠Hostalen PP H5416K, is a natural nucleated grade which will help meet growing Asian demand for PP random copolymer resins, PolyMirae said.


Ineos to close PVC plant

February 24 (polimerica.eu) -- The chemical group has taken the decision to adjust UK PVC output in line with market demand, which has declined steadily over recent years.

Ineos ChlorVinyls intends to cease production at its PVC plant at Barry (Wales) and continue to supply customers from its other PVC plants at Runcorn (Cheshire) and Newton Aycliffe (County Durham). Completion of the consolidation is expected to take place by the end of Q2 2010 latest.

A period of consultation will now commence with Trades Unions and employee representatives. The Company aims to deliver the plant closure with minimum loss of any permanent employees by offering staff alternative employment at other Ineos sites.

⌠The consolidation of our PVC operations will underpin security of supply to our UK customers whilst at the same time delivering an improved cost base - said Geir Tuft, Business Manager -.Streamlining our asset structure in the UK will allow us to concentrate on sites that will deliver long term growth and value to the business.

MRCMRC Reference

Ineos is a petrochemical group.
In Russia Ineos's interests are represented by Ineos Polyolefins and IneosChlorVinyls.

The share in the Russian market in 2008:
PVC - 4.5%;

polyethylene - 1.9%
(HDPE - 2.8%, LDPE - 1.2%);
polypropylene - 1.4%
(PP-random - 22.1%, PP-impact - 2.0%);
polystyrene - 0.9%.

Imports by polymers processing technologies:
profile extrusion;
pipe extrusion;
film extrusion;
injection molding.