Beijing,– The CPUIA sees TDI exports rising as new facilities start up in its proposal for the 13th Five-Year Plan for China's PU sector and a tough times for small firms, according to a copy seen by UTECH-polyrethane.com.
The China Polyurethane Industry Association (CPUIA) has set a TDI capacity goal of 1,500kT/year by 2020. It also suggests domestic firms should put more effort into developing gas-phase phosgene technology. The CPUIA says that this can reduce solvent use by 80% and energy consumption by 50%, compared to other technologies.
"We set the target capacity in a conservative way and excluded projects we think may not go through, due to financial and technological problems," secretary-general of the China Polyurethane Industry Association Zhu Changchun told UTECH-polyurethane.com.
"It's likely that most TDI makers with 100kT/year capacity or below will be taken over by bigger players [by 2020]. We are not optimistic about the future of a non-state small-scale company," he said.
Major TDI makers in the country, include Bayer (Shanghai) Polyurethanes with 250kT/year capacity, Shanghai BASF Polyurethane with 160kT/year capacity, Cangzhou Dahua with 150kT/year capacity, Gansu Yinguang Chemical Industry with 150kT/year capacity and Fujian Southeast Electrochemical with 100kT/year capacity, figures come from the proposals for the 13th five-year plan for polyurethane.
Yantai Juli is bidding to join the larger players and currently has 80kT/year capacity and is planning a further 150 kT/year capacity in Kuytun, Xinjian in the west of China to come on stream in 2017. If approved this will take its capacity to 230kT/year.