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Putin launches modern polypropylene production in Russian Siberia’s Tobolsk

October 15, 2013, 13:49 UTC+3

The plant in Tobolsk produces up to 60 brands of polypropylene, which is applied in different spheres

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TOBOLSK, October 15 (Itar-Tass) - A modern polypropylene production, which will be the third largest world plastics-consuming production after the productions of polyethylene and polyvinylchloride, was launched in the city of Tobolsk, Siberia’s Tyumen Region. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a new production of the petrochemical holding SIBUR on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day the president has familiarized with the automated packing line of ready products, where polypropylene in the form of coarse grained powder is packed in bags and delivered to the consumers.

Deputy Chairman of the SIBUR Holding board Mikhail Karisalov told Putin that the plant in Tobolsk produces up to 60 brands of polypropylene, which is applied in different spheres.

The president has also studied several information stands about the development of the plant and SIBUR Holding. In particular, the president was told about different production industries where polypropylene produced at the plant is used. For instance, this plastic is used for the production of bumpers for the cars, plastic containers for the storage of food products, chairs at the stadiums, different types of tape and even in children’s pampers.

“You should shift to the production of end products,” Putin told representatives of the plant. They assured him that the enterprise is aimed to do this work, because this step will cut sharply the imports of plastic products in Russia. Putin also noted the importance to use polypropylene in the construction of roads in the country.

Russia is lagging far behind China and Europe in the use of polypropylene. This figure makes six kilograms per capita in Russia, 12 kilograms in China and 17 kilograms in Europe. The world produces 54 million tonnes of different types of these plastics.

Launching the plant with the annual capacity of 500,000 tonnes of polypropylene SIBUR hopes to enter the three world top producers of this plastics. “The implementation of the project will permit processing annually more than 600,000 tonnes of propane produced from casing-head gas,” SIBUR noted. 

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