In the first eight months of 2019, the total production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in Russia exceeded 631,100 tons, an increase of 1% year-on-year. Meanwhile, according to MRC's ScanPlast report, not all Russian manufacturers have increased HDPE production.
Unmixed PVC production was 77,400 tonnes in August, compared with 51,200 tonnes a month earlier, and Russian producers increased capacity utilisation after shutting down SayanskKhimPlast and Bashkir Soda Company in July. Overall, PVC production in january-august 2019 exceeded 631,100 tons, compared with 622,500 tons a year earlier. The increases in Rusvinyl and SayanskKhimPlast cannot make up for the declines in the other two producers.
The structure of the factory producing PVC during the period in question looks like this.
Rusvinyl(a joint venture between SIBUR and SolVin) produced about 30,100 tonnes of PVC in August, of which emulsion PVC (EPVC) accounted for 2,300 tonnes, up from 29,500 tonnes a month earlier. Rusvinyl's total PVC production in january-august 2019 was 226,400 tons, up 6% from the same period last year.
Such a significant increase in production is the result of a lack of long-term maintenance.
SayanskKhimPlast produced 18,700 tonnes of suspended PVC(SPVC) last month, up from 3,900 tonnes in July. The company stopped routine monthly repairs on July 5. The Sayansk plant managed to produce about 184,900 tonnes of resin in the jan-august period, compared with 173,100 tonnes a year earlier.
Bashkir Soda Company produced about 21,100 tons in August, compared with 10,700 tons a month earlier. The factory will shut down PVC production capacity within two weeks from July 14. The total SPVC production of Baskhir Soda Company increased to 169,100 tons in the first eight months of this year, compared to 173,500 tons in the same period of 2018.
Kaustik produced about 7,500 tonnes of SPVC in August, compared with 7,200 tonnes in July. Kaustik produced 50,700 tonnes of PVC in the first eight months of 2019, compared with 62,300 tonnes a year earlier.