Overall production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exceeded 553,700 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019, up by 0.3% year on year. At the same time, not all Russian producers raised their output of HDPE, according to MRC"s ScanPlastreport.
July production of unmixed PVC was 51,200 tonnes against 79,600 tonnes a month earlier, the decrease in production was a result of a scheduled maintenance works at SayanskKhimPlast and Bashkir Soda Company. Overall PVC production exceeded 553,700 tonnes in January-July 2019, compared to 551,800 tonnes a year earlier. The increase in output from RusVinyl and SayanskKhimPlast did not allow to compensate for the decrease in output from the other two producers.
The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.
RusVinyl (JV of SIBUR and SolVin) produced 29,500 tonnes of PVC in July, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,500 tonnes, compared to 26,100 tonnes a month earlier. RusVinyl"s overall PVC production reached 196,200 tonnes in January-July 2019, up by 7% year on year. Such a significant increase in production was a result of the absence of long maintenance works.
Last month, Sayanskkhimplast produced 3,900 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC), while in June this figure amounted to 26,800 tonnes; the company stopped its facilities for monthly scheduled maintenances from 5 July. The Sayansk plant managed to produce about 166,300 tonnes of resin in January-July, compared to 162,800 tonnes a year earlier.
Bashkir Soda Company in July produced 10,700 tonnes compared to 22,400 tonnes a month earlier; the plant shut PVC production capacities two-week turnaround in June. Baskhir Soda Company"s overall SPVC production reached 148,000 tonnes in January-July 2019, compared to 151,000 tonnes a year earlier.
Kaustik (Volgograd) produced 7,200 tonnes of SPVC last month, whereas this figure was 4,300 tonnes in June. Kaustik"s overall production of PVC reached 43,200 tonnes in the first seven months of 2019 versus 54,500 tonnes a year earlier.