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Turkey’s polymer imports surge in Q1, LLDPE and PPH hit all-time high

by Merve Madakbaşı - mmadakbasi@chemorbis.com
  • 05/05/2020 (03:51)
Total polymer imports of Turkey neared 1.300.000 tons during the period of January-March 2020. The figure indicated an increase of 12.5% compared to the same period of 2019, according to data from ChemOrbis Import Statistics. It also represented the highest Q1 figure since 2018.



PPH imports hit highest Q1 volume of all times

In the first three months of the year, Turkey’s PPH imports rose by 14% when compared to Q1 2019 and by 15% from Q4 2019. Moreover, imports slightly surpassed 460,000 tons in the period to reach the highest volume since 2000 when ChemOrbis started compiling data


PP copolymer imports were also the highest in 7 years at 82.000 tons in January-March. The Q1 volume represented a 20% jump on a yearly basis and an 8% gain from the previous quarter.

S-PVC imports in the first quarter climbed 11% year-on-year

In Q1, Turkey imported about 165,000 tons of S-PVC in total, up 11% from the first quarter of 2019 and nearly 6% from the previous quarter. This pointed to the highest Q1 volume since 2018 when imports had slightly surpassed 200,000 tons.



LDPE recaptures the 2018-high in Jan-March

Imports of LDPE soared 33% in the first quarter of the year from the same period of 2019. The Q1 figure also jumped almost 30% with respect to the previous quarter.

The total import volume recaptured the all-time high at 88,000 tons in 2018 once again, revealed data from ChemOrbis Import Statistics.

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Imports of LLDPE reached the highest Q1 volume

Turkey imported 166.000 tons of LLDPE in the first three months of this year. This did not only indicate an increase of 28% year-on-year and 21% from the previous quarter, but also the highest amount for this particular quarter since 2000.

Imports of mLLDPE saw a 90% spike to stand at 21.000 tons in Q1 when compared to the same period of last year. Imports also soared 66% from Q4 2019.

The figure pointed to the highest Q1 volume since 2017, statistics data from ChemOrbis suggested.

HDPE imports surged nearly 17% from last year

Total HDPE imports climbed 17% on a yearly basis to slightly above 165.000 tons between January and March. Similar to LDPE, the figure pointed to the highest volume in 2 years for this period. Plus, it surged 19% from the last quarter of 2019.
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