Overall production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) totalled 502,600 tonnes in the first six months of 2019, up by 4% year on year. At the same time, not all Russian producers raised their output, according to MRC"s ScanPlastreport.
June production of unmixed PVC in Russia was 79,600 tonnes, which practically the same as in May. Overall PVC production reached 502,600 tonnes in January-June 2019, compared to 484,600 tonnes a year earlier. All plants raised their output, except for Kaustik Volgograd.
The structure of PVC production by plants looked the following way over the stated period.
RusVinyl (JV of SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 26,100 tonnes of PVC in June, with emulsion polyvinyl chloride (EPVC) accounting for 2,300 tonnes, compared to 24,600 tonnes a month earlier. Overall PVC production at RusVinyl was 166,800 tonnes in January-June 2019, up by 7% year on year. Such a significant increase in production was a result of the absence of long maintenance works.
SayanskKhimPlast produced 26,800 tonnes of suspension PVC (SPVC) last month, whereas this figure was 27,600 tonnes in May. The Sayansk plant managed to produce about 162,500 tonnes of resin in January-June, compared to 149,800 tonnes a year earlier.
Baskhir Soda Company produced about 22,400 tonnes of SPVC in June versus 23,800 tonnes a month earlier. Total SPVC production at Baskhir Soda Company increased to 137,300 tonnes in the first six months of this year, compared to 132,600 tonnes in the same period in 2018.
Kaustik (Volgograd) produced about 4,300 tonnes of SPVC in June, compared with 3,500 tonnes in May. It is worth noting that in the current year from mid-May to mid-June, the Volgograd producer shut its capacities for scheduled maintenance works, whereas there was no turnaround a year earlier. Kaustik"s overall production of PVC reached 36,000 tonnes in the first six months of 2019 versus 46,400 tonnes a year earlier.