Russia’s production of polyethylene (PE) grew in the first 10 months of 2018 by 3% year on year, with output of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) higher, according to MRC’s ScanPlast report.
October total PE production dropped to 109,800 tonnes from 130,800 tonnes a month earlier.
Scheduled shutdowns at Kazanorgsintez, Stavrolen and Ufaorgsintez were the main reason for lower output.
Overall PE production reached 1,456,100 tonnes in January-October, compared to 1,407,800 tonnes a year earlier.
HDPE and LLDPE output increased whereas production of low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased.
The PE production structure by grades looked the following way over the stated period:
October HDPE production fell to 64,200 tonnes from 79,200 tonnes a month earlier. Kazanorgsintez and Stavrolen shut down production for scheduled turnarounds in October.
Overall HDPE output reached 795,900 tonnes in the first 10 months of 2018, up by 5% year on year.
Last month’s total LDPE production was 45,600 tonnes, compared to 41,500 tonnes in September.
Ufaorgsintez and Kazanorgsintez took off-stream their production capacities for maintenance in September. Overall LDPE output exceeded 517,200 tonnes over the stated period, down by 4% year on year.
Nizhnekamskneftekhim produced only the HDPE in October. Thus, overall LLDPE production reached 143,000 tonnes in the first ten months, up by a third year on year.