MOSCOW (MRC) -- Polystyrene (PS) imports went up by 45% (to 1.57 kt) in Ukraine in January compared to the same period last year - according to MRC DataScope
Report. Imports of Russian feedstock increased nearly 8 times.
HIPS imports went up by nearly three times (to 428 mt). At the same time, supplies fell by almost 3.5 times compared to last December due to weak buying activity at the beginning of the year. In January, the Ukrainian market was importing feedstock produced only by Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Polimeri Europa and Dwory.
In January, GPPS imports hiked by more than 2.5 times (to 424 mt). Ukrainian converters and traders began to import Kumho's material (the last imports of that producer's feedstock were recorded in May 2008).
EPS imports dropped by 43% (to 303 mt). In January, Ukrainian companies were not importing material produced by Dow and Nova Chemicals (in 2009, imports of feedstock of those producers moved at 2.17kt and 1.26 kt, respectively).
SAN imports fell by more than 7 times (to 21 mt), as well. At the same time, ABS and SBS supply went up by more than 4 and 8 times, respectively.
For more detailed information on the polystyrene market, see DataScope Report.