Russian polymer production up 10.1% year-over-year for month of January, reaching 533,800 tonnes; PE production up 6.1%, PP production up 18.9% and PS production up 10.9% while PVC production fell 3.4%

Elyse Blye

Elyse Blye

Feb 20, 2014 – Interfax Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire

MOSCOW , February 20, 2014 () – Russian chemical companies produced 533,800 tonnes of polymers in January 2014, 10.1% more than in January 2013, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said.

They boosted polyethylene production by 6.1% in January to 170,000 tonnes, polypropylene - 18.9% to 79,700 tonnes and polystyrene - 10.9% to 42,100 tonnes. Production fell 3.4% for PVC to 58,700 tonnes.

Russia produced 45,700 tonnes of simple and compound polyethers, polycarbonates, alkyd and epoxy resins, up 3.4%, and 12,600 tonnes of nylon plastics, up 16.4%.

Synthetic rubber output fell 13.1% to 125,000 tonnes.

Russian companies produced 5.2% less ethylene in January, or 229,000 tonnes. Benzene output was up 1% at 109,000 tonnes, and styrene - 16.1% at 58,000 tonnes.

Output of rubber manufactures fell 21.8%, including 1.8 million car tires, down 20.2%; 325,000 truck and bus tires, down 41.1%, and 1.2 million tires for farm machinery, down 2.9%.

Output of plastics was down 6% in January, including 26,300 tonnes of pipe, hoses, sleeves and fittings, down 25.9%; 49,200 tonnes of unreinforced tiles, sheets, films and bands, down 1.7%, and 14,800 tonnes of porous tiles, sheets, films and bands, down 27.1%.

Production of bottles and containers was up 2.3% last month at 917 million unites, while production of plastic windows and sills was up 5% at 1.2 million square meters. Doors and frames fell 9.1% to 43,100 square meters.

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