Volume 95 Issue 12 | pp. 22-24
Issue Date: March 20, 2017

China’s key feedstock: all of the above

With demand still strong, China remains a crucial market for companies producing basic chemicals from methanol, coal, and oil
Department: Business
Keywords: petrochemicals, China, coal chemicals, ethylene

When the price of oil started to plummet in 2014, many industry watchers assumed China would stop investing in chemical plants that use coal as a feedstock. That assumption was wrong. Across China, new chemical plants are under construction. Some consume oil; some consume coal.

Despite a slowdown in the growth of its gross domestic product (GDP) in recent years, China retains a voracious appetite for basic chemicals and polymers. The country’s enduring demand makes . . .

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