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DRPIC to use Univation’s UNIPOL PE technology at new line in Oman9 Nov 2020 / ChemCourier. Polyolefins Market Weekly / company news

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Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC (DRPIC) plans to build a 480,000-tpy line at DRPIC Petrochemical Complex located in Duqm on the Arabian Sea coast of Oman, about 600 km to the south of Muscat. The company will use Univation’s conventional and advanced catalyst technologies, which will allow producing both HDPE and LLDPE as well as adjusting the output to the market needs, there. Univation Technologies is the global leader in licensed polyethylene technology.

The Duqm Petrochemical Project is chiefly a petrochemical complex, which will be integrated with the other large facilities in Duqm to become a part of the Duqm Special Economic Zone, Oman’s next industrial centre.

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Turkey launches investigation into LDPE import from Saudi Arabia20 Oct 2020 / ChemCourier. Polyolefins Market Weekly / regulations

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After the country’s only petrochemical producer Petkim appealed to the Ministry of Trade, the authorities decided to launch an antidumping investigation into year-to-date LDPE import from Saudi Arabia. Upon its completion, which is unlikely any time soon, an antidumping duty may be imposed.

‘This is a political move, which is meant to be an answer to the Saudi Arabian boycott of the Turkish imports late last week but a very weak one,’ a Turkish trader has told PMW. The authorities’ determination will depend on the reaction of the Saudi Arabian government.

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2020 trends in PVC pipes market16 Oct 2020 / ChemCourier. PVC Market Weekly / prices & market situation

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2020 has been a tough year for Russian PVC pipes market players. Feedstock appreciation, spring lockdown measures and stronger competition from producers of PP pipes, apart from that between manufacturers of PVC pipes themselves, have been the main reasons for this.

Spring quarantine suspended construction works. As trading companies restocked ahead of the construction season and end-users slashed purchases, converters’ production activity was minimal then.

The gradual resumption of building works since June improved demand for the commodity. Some producers reached record highs in their shipments in July and managed to equalize their Q3 2020 output to the Q3 2019 one or even outdo it by 2%. However, the initial plan to ramp up production by 10—20% fell through mainly because of the feedstock market situation. It was an uptick in prices rather than the material undersupply there that affected the value of the finished product.

Competition between producers of PVC sewer pipes with the diameter of 110—120 mm and those of PP ones has reportedly stiffened due to several factors. On the one hand, PVC resin has appreciated by 15—17% and made the final product costlier. Manufacturers of PVC pipes have raised their prices several times and plan to do it again by 5—15% depending on the grade.

Apart from that, some producers increased the content of chalk and secondary raw materials in PP pipes to make them cheaper, disregarding their worse quality. However, in wholesale distribution, these goods are more preferable than PVC ones. PP converters can sell a pipe at cost and thereby reduce the gap between PP and PVC pipes selling prices. It is sales of fittings rather than pipes that brings them higher profits. Thus, a further appreciation of PVC resin may make PVC pipes uncompetitive in this segment.

Another segment where PVC pipes are used is well casing. Sales have grown there, according to some players. However, there still can appear a fierce competition with PE pipes if the value of PVC resin exceeds that of PE.

Pressure pipes remain the most beneficial market segment for converters, as they expect an upturn in consumption there. Thus, Chemkor has started making pressure pipes with the diameter of 90 and 110 mm this year.

Converters are avoiding optimistic forecasts for the industry as demand is weakening seasonally and some producers are selling their stocks now while keeping their equipment idle. Only the most popular goods are currently in production.

The market for PVC pipes is closely linked to the construction industry. Hence, only government programmes, especially those aimed at expanding private housing construction, can ramp up consumption there.

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