|Title:||China forecasted methyl isobutyl ketone consumption and share of consumption by industrial segment in tons and percentages for 2015|
|Source:||China Chemical Reporter|
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Consumption structure of MIBK in China (thousand tons, %)
Consumption area Consumption Proportion
Solvent XX XX.XX Paint solvent XX XX.XX Other solvents XX XX.XX Antioxidant XX XX.XX Others XX X.XX Total XXX XXX.XX
X Overview of the global MIBK market
In recent years, the global production capacity of methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) has grown steadily. In 2005, the global MIBK capacity totaled about XXX XXX t/a. It climbed to about XXX XXX t/a in 2007 and about XXX XXX t/a in 2009, mainly distributed in North America, Western Europe and Asia.
In 2009, the global MIBK consumption totaled about XXX XXX tons, mainly concentrated in Asia, North America and Western Europe. The three regions accounted for about XX.X% of the world's total MIBK consumption. Asia accounted for about XX. X% of the global total, Western Europe about XX.X%, and North America about XX.X%. Globally, about XX.X% of MIBK was used as a solvent for paints and coatings, and about XX.X% was used in rubber antioxidants.
In developed countries and regions, the consumption structure and consumption volume of MIBK will essentially have no much change in the next five years. In term of the consumption structure, the demand for MIBK in solvents will gradually reduce, while the demand for it in rubber antioxidants and surface active agents will still have some space to grow.
X Production of MIBK in China
China started producing MIBK in the 1980s. Back then, several small-scale MIBK units were built by Shanghai Pacific Chemical Corporation, Jinling Petrochemical Co Ltd, Jinzhou Petrochemical Co Ltd and Henan Yellow River Chemical Plant. Because these MIBK units featured small scale, high production costs and energy consumption, their operating rate had been relatively low. In the late 1990s, as the domestic demand for MIBK was relatively small, most MIBK units stopped production or were operational in the low operating rates.
Since the beginning of the XXst century, with the growing demand for MIBK in the fields of rubber antioxidants and coatings, a large amount of foreign MIBK products poured into the Chinese market, and the import volume of MIBK increased year by year. This accelerated the development of MIBK in China. After years of exploration and research, CNPC Jilin Petrochemical Company successfully developed the one-step process for the synthesis of MIBK from acetone. After small-scale and medium-scale pilot tests, the company set up a XX XXX t/a MIBK plant in 2004. Since then, China's MIBK industry began to step into the right track and develop rapidly. In 2007, the company built an additional XX XXX t/a MIBK plant, so its total MIBK production capacity reached XX XXX t/a. In 2008, Ningbo Oceanking Chemical Development Co Ltd (Oceanking Chemical) and Jiangsu Taizhou Petrochemical Co Ltd completed a XX XXX t/a MIBK plant, respectively. In 2009, LCY Chemical Corp put a XX XXX t/a MIBK plant into operation in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province.
As of the end of December 2010, China's total MIBK production capacity reached about XXX XXX t/a, and all used the one-step process. LCY Chemical Corp is currently China's leading MIBK producer, accounting for about XX.XX% of the nation's total capacity. In the next few years, there will be some new or expanded MIBK projects to be put into operation. For example, Oceanking Chemical intends to expand its existing MIBK capacity to XX XXX t/a, and Mitsui Chemicals plans to build a XX XXX t/a MIBK plant in China. Thus by 2015, China's total MIBK production capacity will reach about XXX XXX t/a. The capacity of China's major MXBK manufacturers in 2010 is listed Table X.
Table X China's major MIBK manufacturers in 2010 (thousand t/a)
Manufacturer Capacity Remarks
CNPC Jilin Petrochemical Company XX One-step process, X units
Ningbo Oceanking Chemical XX One-step process, startup Development Co Ltd in 2008
Jiangsu Taizhou Petrochemical Co XX One-step process, startup Ltd in 2008
LCY Chemical Corp (Zhenjiang) XX One-step process, startup in 2009
X Imports and exports of MIBK in China
Prior to 2007, because the MIBK production was small, China mainly depended on imports to meet its needs for MIBK. According to customs statistics, China's import volume of MIBK was XX XXX.X tons in 2000 and increased to XX XXX.X tons in 2005, annually increasing XX.XX% during 2000 - 2005. In 2007, the nation imported XX XXX.X tons of MIBK, up about X.XX% year on year, creating a record high. After 2007, as several large-scale MIBK units were put into operation in China one after another, the domestic MIBK output constantly increased, resulting in the decline of imports. In 2008, China's import volume of MIBK dropped to XX XXX.X tons, down about XX.XX% year on year. In 2009, it further fell to XX XXX.X tons, down XX.XX% year on year. In 2010, it was XX XXX.X tons, down about X.X% year on year. In 2003 - 2005, due to the hike of international crude oil prices and the development of coatings and rubber industries, China's average imported price of MIBK continued to rise. In 2003, the average imported price of MIBK was only about US$XXX.X It. In 2004, it climbed to US$XXXX. X It. In 2005, it reached US$X XXX.X It, up XX. XX% year on year. In 2007, it still had a year-on-year growth of X.XX% compared to 2006. In 2008, it reached US$X XXX.X It, creating a record high. In 2009, it fell to US$X XXX.X It, down about XX.XX%. In 2010, it hit around US$X XXX.X It, up about XX.XX%. China's imports and exports of MIBK in recent years are shown in Table X.
Table X China's imports and exports of MIBK (tons, USS/t)
Year Imports Average import price Exports Average export price
2003 XXXXX.X XXX.X XXX.X XXX.X 2004 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XXXX.X XXXX.X 2005 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XXX.X XXXX.X 2006 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XXX.X XXXX.X 2007 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XX.X XXXX.X 2008 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XX.X XXXX.X 2009 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XXX.X XXXX.X 2010 XXXXX.X XXXX.X XXX.X XXXX.X
China's imports of MIBK mainly came from Japan, USA, China's Taiwan region and South Korea. In 2009, the import volume of MIBK from the four countries and region totaled about XX XXX.X tons, accounting for about XX. XX% of China's total MIBK import volume. In 2010, it reached about XX XXX tons, accounting for XX.X% of the total import volume. Sources of China's MIBK imports in recent years are shown in Table X.
Table X Sources of China's MIBK imports (ton, %)
Import source Imports Proportion Imports Proportion
Japan XXXXX.XX XX.XX XXXXX.XX XX.XX United States XXXXX.XX XX.XX XXXX.XX XX.XX China's Taiwan XXXX.XX XX.XX XXXX.XX X.XX Netherlands XXXX.XX XX.XX XX.XX X.XX South Korea XXXX.XX X.XX XXXX.XX XX.XX South Africa XXX.XX X.XX XXXX.XX XX.XX Others XXX.XX X.XX X.XX X.XX Total XXXXX.XX XXX.XX XXXXX.XX XXX.XX
Import source Imports Proportion
Japan XXXXX.XX XX.XX United States XXX.XX X.XX China's Taiwan XXXX.XX XX.XX Netherlands X.XX X.XX South Korea XXXX.XX XX.XX South Africa XXXX.XX XX.XX Others XX.XX X.XX Total XXXXX.XX XXX.XX
China's imports of MIBK are mainly concentrated in Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, Shanghai and Tianjin provinces and municipalities. In 2009, the MIBK import volume of the five provinces and municipalities totaled about XX XXX.XX tons, accounting for XX.XX% of the nation's total. In 2010, it totaled about XX XXX.XX tons, accounting for XX.X% of the nation's total.