Ukraine"s polypropylene (PP) imports totalled about 66,800 tonnes in the first six months of the year, up 10% year on year. The greatest increase in imports accounted for homopolymer PP, according to MRC DataScope.
June PP imports into the country fell to 10,200 tonnes from 11,500 tonnes a month earlier, the main decrease in imports were seen in the shipments of PP random copolymers. Overall imports of propylene polymers reached 66,800 tonnes in January-June 2019, compared to 60,800 tonnes a year earlier. Homopolymer PP accounted for the main growth in imports, whereas demand for propylene copolymers subsided.
The structure of PP imports by grades looked the following way over the stated period.
June imports of homopolymer PP practically remained steady, compared with the May figures - 8,100 tonnes. Overall shipments of homopolymer PP reached 52,200 tonnes in the first six months of 2019 versus 44,500 tonnes a year earlier.
Last month"s imports of block propylene copolymers (PP block copolymers) were 1,000 tonnes, compared to 1,100 tonnes in May. Imports of PP block copolymers into the country were about 6,400 tonnes in January-June, compared with about 6,500 tonnes year on year.
June imports of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymer) were about 1,000 tonnes from 2,200 tonnes a month earlier, local companies significantly reduced their purchasing of pipe PP random copolymer. Overall imports of PP random copolymers exceeded 7,300 tonnes in January-June 2019, whereas this figure was about 8,700 tonnes a year earlier.
Overall imports of other propylene copolymers were about 867 tonnes over the stated period.