Lubricants Market Research in Russia
From 2000 to 2006, production of lubricating oils in Russia increased 15% up to 3 mln tpy. For the period, share of base oils in the production increased from 12% to 33%, first of all, in connection with expanding base oils exports.
In latest years, domestic consumption of lubricating oils in Russia is around 2-2.1 mln tpy.
In neatest years, lubricants production in Russia is expected to increase: according to InfoMine forecast, by 2010, the production will reach 3.3 mln tpy.
Magnesium Chloride Market Research in the CIS
We expect increasing magnesium chloride production in the CIS in nearest years. The main prerequisite for the growth will become construction a plant on extraction of magnesium metal from bischofite by LLC Rusal-Bischofite. Besides, the growth will be encouraged by commissioning production of new kinds of products at operating enterprises. For instance, in late 2006, LLC Nikomag (at production site of JSC Caustic) commissioned production of solid magnesium chloride. Besides, by the end of 2008, PJSC Bischofite-Avangard plans to complete construction of a plant on processing of bischofite into scaly magnesium chloride (capacity of 100-150,000 tpy MgCl2).
Consumption of magnesium chloride in Russia increased considerably in 2002 with starting applying magnesium chloride as anti-icing agent by communal utilities and road services (first of all, in Moscow and Moscow region). Notice that demand for the product in this case was satisfied at the expense of imports of magnesium chloride. In future, magnesium chloride consumption in Russia will increase, but not at the expense of use in communal utilities and road services, as previously, but first of all owing to application in nonferrous metallurgy – in production of magnesium metal. This will change pattern of domestic consumption of magnesium chloride in Russia and will make it more close to world one.
Lime Market Research in Russia and Central Federal District
Consumption of lime in Russia, according to forecast of InfoMine’s experts, will increase by 2015 by around 60% compared with 2006 up to above 19 mln tpy. The highest rates of increasing the consumption will take place in ferrous metallurgy, production of building materials and chemical industry.
According to estimates of InfoMine’s experts, at present time, average utilization of productive capacities on lime production in Russia is around 80%. In nearest future and medium-term prospects, rates of increasing lime production in Russia will be governed by increasing demand for the product and will average at least 5% per year. In this case, increasing the production volumes will be provided both by commissioning new (or reconstructed) lime plants and by further rising utilization of available productive capacities.
Construction of new lime production (or expanding available ones)
will be conducted mainly at metallurgical integrated works, which plan to expand considerably output of commodity products by 2015, as well as in industry of building materials. At the same time, most of enterprises of chemical, pulp-and-paper and sugar industries has enough reserve of capacities on lime production. At these enterprises, modernization of available productive capacities should be expected, as the facilities are rather worn.
Changing the company name
Since October 15, changes, concerned with the constitutive documents of InfoMine company, came into force. Now the company name is Research Group InfoMine Ltd. Juridical and actual addresses of the company became identical. These changes were made to bring constitutive documents of the company into compliance with current Russian Laws. In more details, information about the changes is available at the company card (http://www.infomine.ru/files/infomine.doc)
Petroleum Coke Market Research in the CIS
In October 2007, renewed version of Report on Petroleum Coke Market in the CIS became available.
The Report presents review of petroleum coke market in Russia and CIS (technologies, volumes of production and the main producers, foreign trade in the product in Russia and CIS, prices, pattern of consumption and the main end-users – aluminium and electrode enterprises). The report includes data for the latest 10 years (1996-2006) and estimates prospects of petroleum coke market development up to 2010.
Petroleum coke market in CIS countries includes large quantity of company-players, referring to various sectors of industry: producers of the coke – oil refineries, consumers – nonferrous and ferrous metallurgies, electrode plants, power generation. At present time, only 12 oil refineries produce petroleum coke in the CIS, including 6 in Russia, 2 in Kazakhstan and one in Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine each.
Pitch and Pitch Coke Market Research in the CIS
The main feature of the market in latest years became sharp decline in consumption of pitch coke in production of anode paste by aluminium and electrode plants in Russia, caused by sharp growth of domestic prices. From data of InfoMine, annual consumption of pitch coke in Russia decreased from 370-380 kt ton 220 kt in 2006. Notice also that, at the same time, Ukrainian pitch coke (produced by Avdeevka coal-tar chemical plant and Zaporozhcoke) became prevailing at the Russian market.
In spite of decreasing specific consumption of the pitch in production of anode paste in aluminium production, realizing projects of aluminium plants on expanding their capacities and commissioning new aluminium plants will result in increasing consumption of pitch coke. The consumption, according to InfoMine forecast, will increase by 27% by 2010 up to 680,000 tpy.
Review of feldspar market in the CIS
In 2006, consumption of feldspar products in Russia increased above 47% year-on-year, whereas the products output in the country grew only 10.7% compared with 2005. At the same time, in 2006, Russian imports of feldspar products increased above 5 times compared with 2005, and share of the imported products exceeded 27% of total domestic consumption of feldspar products in Russia.
The bulk of feldspar products is now consumed in Russia by producers of building ceramics √ above 66% of the total consumption, according to InfoMine estimates. The second greatest end-use is glass industry (around 27%). Below 2% of the consumption belongs to productions of abrasive items, fine ceramics and electrodes. Notice that for the latest years, share of feldspar products consumption in the ceramic industry steadily increased, with decreasing shares of consumption in other end-uses.
Review of propylene oxide market in Russia/CIS
At present time, in the CIS, only Russia and Azerbaijan produce propylene oxide. In Russia, 2 companies yield propylene oxide, and Russia produces the bulk of propylene oxide in the CIS √ 79.7% of the total in 2006. Production of propylene oxide in Russia (and CIS) steadily grew for the latest 8 years.
Until recently, Russian imports and exports of the product were approximately equal: around 2.5-3 kt per year. However, in 2005, the exports were stopped at all, whereas the imports remained at the previous level.
Dynamics of Ukrainian imports of propylene oxide is governed by supplies from Azerbaijan. Geography of the supplies becomes narrower.
The main end-uses of propylene oxide are productions of polyesters (polyester resins) and propylene glycols.
Review of calcium hypochlorite market in Russia/CIS
In latest years, production of calcium hypochlorite in Russia decreases. However, according to InfoMine estimates, in nearest years, the trend will change, and the production will slightly increase in connection with realizing modernization and reconstruction of existing productions. For instance, LLC Usol▓eHimprom, by the end of 2007, is to increase capacities on production of calcium hypochlorite from 10.8 kt to 18 kt per year.
The main end-uses of calcium hypochlorite in Russia are detoxication of cyanides in gold production and water treatment.
Analysis of standing of main end-uses of calcium hypochlorite in the country allows to predict annual increasing the product consumption in Russia by 2-4%, up to 47-49 kt in 2008, according to InfoMine estimates. With expanding gold production, the annual rates of growth of calcium hypochlorite may achieve 4√6%, and, by 2010, the consumption will reach 50√55 kt per year.
A characteristic feature of calcium hypochlorite production in the CIS is the fact that producers of the product produce resources for the production themselves.
Review of Market of Welding Electrodes in Russia
Welding electrodes for manual arc welding are widely used practically in all sectors of economy. Current steady growth of the economy owes increasing demand for the electrodes that, in turn, encourages expanding their production. In 2006, production of welding electrodes was 170.2 kt, and their consumption was 175.6 kt. By 2010, according to forecast of InfoMine experts, the consumption can reach 225 kt per year, whereas the production will be around 215 kt per year. Since 2003, on the background of decreasing Russian exports of the electrodes, their imports steadily increased, by 2-2.3 kt annually for the period from 2003 to 2006. Russian electrode plants are capable to satisfy domestic demand for ordinary types of the electrodes. In latest years, most of the electrode producers renewed productive facilities. However, the plants face shortage of high-grade raw materials for production of the electrodes.