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Limassol, Cyprus, 2007/05/30 - The present demand for ionites in Russia is 14-15K mt/y, while Russia locally produces just 5.5K mt/y of ionites - source: Merchant Research & Consulting Ltd - MCGroup.co.uk.
Import fills in 80% of the current demand for ionites. Ukraine accounts for 44% of this import. The major share of the Russian ion-exchange resin market is catered for by the foreign companies, such as Purolite, Rohm & Haas, Dow Chemical, Lanxess (former division of Bayer), Azot (Cherkassy, Ukraine) and Smoly (Resins) GP (Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine). These companies provide the bulk of Russian import. Russian producers are as follows: Azot JSC (Kemerovo), Tokem JSC (Kemerovo), Urals Chemical Company (Nizhniy Tagil), Omis JSC (Omsk).
The total rated capacity of these enterprises is equal to 18K mt/y. However, they operate at 25-30% of their rated capacity.
The market for ion-exchange resins is controlled by 10 large firms which account for 65% of the market.
Ion-exchange resins belong to the class of ionites, ion-exchange sorbents, which represent solid, insoluble substances capable of ion exchange. Ionites can easily trap and release ions in a process called ion exchange.
This feature of ion-exchange resins determines their application in many areas, including food industry, pharmacology and medicine (production and purification of antibiotics, vitamins, medicines, hydrolyzates; blood plasma conservation).
Other uses include organic synthesis, production of chemical reagents, catalysis; radio-electronics and electro-technical industry (water desalination).
The popular application areas comprise waste water treatment, heat and power industry (radioactive waste processing), hydrometallurgy, extraction of precious metals (gold, platinum, silver).
This market research report also features the following information:
• Market for ion-exchange resins in Russia;
• Main producers of ion-exchange resins;
• Prices for ion-exchange resins; etc.