Petrotahlil - Imports of high density polyethylene (HDPE) into Russia grew in January-December 2019 by 44% year on year and reached 363,100 tonnes, according to MRC’s DataScope report.
Pipe grade and film grade polyethylene (PE) accounted for the greatest increase in imports.
Overall HDPE imports reached 363,100 tonnes in 2019 versus 251,500 tonnes a year earlier.
Indicators of external deliveries of HDPE have reached a record level since 2013, a higher import volumes were only in 2012 – 410,200 tonnes.
Total imports of blow moulding HDPE in the country exceeded 68,100 tonnes in Jan-December 2019, up 20% year on year.
HDPE imports for December were the highest of 2019 – about 37,900 tonnes against 30,200 tonnes a month earlier.
December HDPE imports exceeded 14,000 tonnes from 12,700 tonnes a month earlier, shipments from Uzbekistan and Ukraine increased.
Overall HDPE imports in the country grew to 131,900 tonnes in 2019, up by 65% year on year.
Imports of HDPE in December for extrusion blow moulding (EBM) decreased to 6,600 tonnes, compared to 7,300 tonnes in November; supplies of Uzbek polyethylene decreased.
December injection moulding HDPE imports increased to 4,600 tonnes from 2,700 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of these products exceeded 60,300 tonnes in 2019, up by 4% year on year.
December imports of pipe HDPE into the country increased to 8,000 tonnes, compared with 4,800 tonnes in November, on a stronger purchases of natural HDPE from Turkmenistan.
The overall imports of other ethylene polymers exceeded 58,700 tonnes over the stated period versus 27,500 tonnes a year earlier.
Overall imports of other grades of HDPE to Russia were 44,100 tonnes in 2019 compared to 29,300 tonnes year earlier.
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Source : ICIS