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Output of chemical products in Russia grew by 3.3% in January-April 2019
Russia's output of chemical products rose in April 2019 by 8.3% year on year. However, production of basic chemicals increased only by 3.3% in the first four months of 2019, according to Rosstat's data.
According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, last month's output of basic chemicals grew by 8.3% year on year. The largest increase in production in monthly terms accounted for mineral fertilizers.
Last month's production of mineral fertilizers was 2.249 mln tonnes (in terms of 100% nutrients) versus 2.092 mln tonnes in March. Overall, Russian plants produced 8,306,000 tonnes of fertilizers in January-April 2019, up by 5% year on year.
Thus, 263 ,000 tonnes of ethylene were produced in April, compared to 276,000 tonnes a month earlier. Overall, 1,056,000 tonnes of this olefin were produced in January-April 2019, up 2.8% year on year.
April production of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) was 103,000 tonnes (100% of the basic substance) versus 114,000 tonnes a month earlier. Thus, overall imports of caustic totalled about 428,000 tonnes in the first four months of 2019, compared to 425,700 tonnes a year earlier.
Last month's output of benzene were 121,000 tonnes versus 129,000 tonnes in March. Overall production of this product reached 491,000 tonnes in the first April months of 2019, down by 2% year on year.
April production of polymers in primary form decreased to 705,000 tonnes, up 5.5% from a month earlier. Total volume of polymer production in primary form in Jan-Apr amounted to 2,784,000 tonnes, up 0.7% more than a year ago.