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Market Report, "Ukraine Petrochemicals Report Q1 2014", published

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2013-12-24 19:31:27 - Fast Market Research recommends "Ukraine Petrochemicals Report Q1 2014" from Business Monitor International, now available

Ukraine enjoyed positive news in an otherwise bleak scenario when Lukoil agreed to reopen the Karpatneftekhim's facilities in September after a year of being offline, following an agreement with the government. BMI's Ukraine Petrochemicals Report expects a revival in petrochemicals output levels in 2014, but recovery will be slow and tenuous due to endemic economic problems and sluggish external markets. Unless exports pick up, particularly in Eastern Europe, Ukraine's petrochemicals sector will be unable to reach full operational capacity.

The Ukrainian petrochemicals industry is facing a tough outlook with the domestic economy in recession, compounded by a weak export base and currency instability. Year-to-date retail sales fell to a three-year low of 7.0% y-o-y in July, while real wage growth has

remained anchored in single digit territory since May despite a collapse in consumer prices. Both readings are reflected in the very poor performance of Ukraine's chemicals and petrochemicals industries, where challenges of an overvalued exchange rate and high energy prices have been compounded by falling prices of key exports. Chemical sales were down 0.7% year-on-year (y-o-y) in 9M13. Plastic production fell by 41.5% y-o-y to 138,800 tonnes in 10M13, following an 11.4% fall in output to 487,500 tonnes in 2012. The decline is mostly related to the suspension of activity at Karpatneftekhim's complex. Karpatneftekhim's 300,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) suspension polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plant was idled for a maintenance turnaround in September and October 2012, but remained shut during a dispute with the government and was only reopened in September 2013. The complex also includes polyethylene (PE) production. The resumption of activity will help boost polymer volumes from Q413 into 2014.

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BMI notes the following developments:

* Karpatneftekhim's plans for an emulsion PVC complex with a capacity of up to 30,000tpa and a plant producing profiles from PVC with a capacity of 20,000tpa could be brought back on track as a result of the revival of its operations. The re-opening of its 300,000tpa will boost the development of an integrated sector that promises to make the country both self-sufficient and a supplier to the Russian market. When run at full operational capacity, at least half the plant's supply can be exported after fulfilling all domestic requirements.
* The automotive industry remains in the doldrums, dragging down the consumption of engineering plastics. Vehicle production declined 45% y-o-y in the first nine months of the year and while growth is forecast to return in 2014, BMI does not envisage a recovery to 2012 levels until 2018 at the earliest. BMI has long maintained a bearish outlook on the business environment and overall manufacturing and productive capacity in the country with little hope of a recovery to pre-recession levels in the forecast period.
* Ukraine has risen from 14th to 15th place in BMI's Europe Petrochemicals risk/reward matrix this quarter, while its score has risen 1.3 points to 42.0 points due to an improvement in market risk. The prolonged idling of Karpatneftekhim's facilities so soon after the completion of its 300,000 tonnes per annum polyvinyl chloride plant in Kalush and demands for increased import tariffs reduced the country's industry risks score in previous quarters, but the resumption of activities following a deal between owner Lukoil and the government opens up the prospect for a reversal of the decline. Ukraine currently sits 2.8 points behind Romania and 0.3 points ahead of Bulgaria.

Report Table of Contents:

BMI Industry View
- Political
- Economic
- Business Environment
Industry Forecast
- Table: Ukraine Petrochemicals - Olefin & Polyolefin Data And Forecasts
Macroeconomic Forecasts
- Economic Analysis
- Table: Ukraine - Economic Activity
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Europe Petrochemicals Risk Reward Ratings
- Table: European Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Ratings (Scores Out Of 100)
- Ukraine Petrochemicals Risk Reward Ratings
Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Refineries In Ukraine
Company Profile
- Karpatneftekhim
- Stirol
- Rosneft
Regional Overview
- Europe Overview
- Declining Capacities
- Table: European Cracker Capacities, 2013
Global Industry Overview
- A Stable 2013, Leading to Growth in 2014?
- Table: Top 10 ethylene producers, 2013
- Long-term growth
- Shale: The Future of Feedstock?
- Threats to growth
- Global Oil Products Price Outlook
- Methodology
- Crude Price Forecasts
- Table: BMI's Oil Price Forecasts, Average Price (US$/bbl)
- Variance Across Product Markets
- Narrower US Market Crude-Product Spreads
- Weak Demand Persists
- Risks To Outlook
- Table: BMI's Refined Products Forecasts, US$/bbl
- Supply: Supported By Global Refining Capacity
- Naphtha: US Gas Hits Demand
- Gasoline And Gasoil/Diesel: Subsidies & Fuel Efficiency Cap Upward Movement
- Jet Fuel: Limited Upward Movement
- Table: Total Air Freight And Passenger Volumes
- Bunker Fuels: Sulphur Control To Hit Rotterdam Hardest
Demographic Forecast
- Table: Ukraine's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Ukraine's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: Ukraine's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
- Table: Ukraine's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
- Industry Forecast Methodology
- Risk Reward Rating Methodology
- Table: Petrochemicals Risk Reward Rating Indicators
- Table: Weighting Of Indicators

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