Moscow, Russia – Sibur’s synthetic rubber (SR) business has turned in a strong performance for the six months ended 30 June, parent company PAO SIBUR Holding has announced.
Sales volumes of SR increased by 19.2 percent year-on-year to 212.5 kilotonnes (kt), the Russian group said in a 28 Sept first-half results announcement.
Production volumes increased 20.4 percent to 221,405 tonnes, as Sibur raised output of both commodity and speciality rubbers, as well as TPEs, the company added.
Revenue from sales of synthetic rubbers increased by 29.2 percent on higher capacity load. This, it said, was due to improved economics on the Russian rouble depreciation and lower feedstock prices, as well as completion of product homologation with key clients.
Indeed, business increased across most of the group’s petrochemical units: sales volumes of plastics and organic synthesis products increased by 27.2 percent year-on-year to 472.6kt. Sales volumes of basic polymers increased by 23.3 percent year-on-year to 375.5kt.
Sales volumes of intermediates and other petrochemical products increased by 58.5% year-on-year to 281.1 thousand tonnes, inter alia due to higher revenue from sales of ethylene following initiation of ethylene supplies to RusVinyl.
For the gas processing and petrochemicals group as a whole, revenue increased by 5.6 percent to RR181.4 billion (€2.47 billion) in the first half of 2015, while earnings (EBITDA) increased 30.6 percent year-on-year to RR64,6 billion.