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Index of chemical production in Russia grew by 2.8% in H1 2019
Russia"s output of chemical products rose in June 2019 by 5.5% month on month. However, production of basic chemicals increased only by 2.8% in the first six months of 2019, according to Rosstat"s data.
According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, ethylene accounted for the largest increase in production year on year. Thus, 260 ,000 tonnes of ethylene were produced in June, compared to 262,000 tonnes a month earlier.
Thus, 1,578,000 tonnes of this olefin were produced in January-June 2019, up by 3.8% year on year. June production of benzene was 124,000 tonnes, compared to 128,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of this product reached 743,000 tonnes in the first six months of 2019, up by 1.8% year on year.
June production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) were 110,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 107,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall output of caustic soda totalled 645,000 tonnes over the stated period, compared to 630,500 tonnes a year earlier.
1,920,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizers (in terms of 100% nutrients) were produced in June versus 2,098,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall, Russian plants produced 12,324,000 tonnes of fertilizers in January-June 2019, up by 2% year on year.
Last month"s production of polymers in primary form decreased to 747,000 tonnes, up 3.5% from May. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 4,244,000,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by only 3.1% year on year.