Basic polymers: polyethylene production increased by 5.9% in the first quarter

According to the published data of the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), the industrial production index for the first quarter of 2018 was 101.8%. The production of chemicals and chemical products in the first quarter of this year was 102.1%.

Ethylene production in the first quarter increased by 1% compared to the same quarter last year, in just three months 783 thousand tons of ethylene were produced. In the reporting period  benzene was 393 thousand tons, which is 1% more compared to the first quarter of last year.

In the first quarter of this year was released 558 thousand tons of polyethylene (PE), up 5.9% over the same period last year. Polypropylene (PP) in the reporting period was 391 thousand tons (+ 6.8%). Polymers of styrene (PS) were produced  in the amount of 135.4 thousand tons, compared to last year, production increased by 5.9%.

The production of polycarbonate (PC), simple and complex polyesters, alkyd and epoxy resins was 163.5 thousand tons, an increase of 6.2% compared to the first quarter of last year. Polyamide (PA) was produced 42.5 thousand tons (+ 7.4%).

Production of synthetic rubbers for the three months decreased by 3.5%, for the first quarter 435 thousand tons were produced.

For the record: The index of industrial production is calculated by the types of activity "Mining", "Processing industries", "Production and distribution of electricity, gas and water" on the basis of data on the dynamics of production of important products-representatives (in physical or value terms).

As a balance, the structure of gross value added is used by types of economic activity in the 2008 base year, taking into account the adjustment for informal activities.