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China: Impacts of great environmental pressure and tight raw material supply on glyphosate
Time: 2016-12-09         Browse: Back News List  
Rise in price of coal, chemical-based materials
 
The supply of coal appears to be reduced as a result of China’s “supply-side reform,” continued effort on capacity reduction and the start of usual heat supply in northern China. In November, coke price has risen drastically to 1,765 yuan/ton, which is 200% higher compared to early 2016, leading to an overall rise in price of raw materials in China. Prices of yellow phosphorus and methyl alcohol, which are raw materials of glyphosate , rose 30% within a month. As such, glyphosate price rose from 16,900 yuan/ton in July to 21,000 yuan/ton in early November this year, which was a 25% increase.
 

Winter storage initiating, demand going high and glyphosate price continuing to rise


As the price of glyphosate has remained quite low for a long time, trader’s stocks have become low. There are only a few factories that possess small quantity of inventories. As the traditional winter storage peak season is drawing close, glyphosate price keeps moving up by 500 yuan/ton every week, having reached 23,000 yuan/ton from 21,000 yuan/ton in November.
 
In North China, due to the shutdown of factories for environmental reason and the impact on transportation caused by heavy snow, glyphosate upstream raw materials are experiencing shortage, and glyphosate price continues to rise.
 
On November 17, Hebei Provincial Air Pollution Control Office issued the No. 2 Decree for Air Pollution Control, which aims to supervise cities with serious pollution, where the progress of air pollution control is being delayed, involving six cities including Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Cangzhou, Hengshui, Dingzhou and Xinji.
 
As a follow-up, Shijiazhuang municipal government, district/county government and the cyclic chemical industrial park administrations have all received the Shijiazhuang Air Pollution Control Decree. The Decree says that since September, Shijiazhuang has experienced many heavily polluted days, going further down on the list of China’s 71 key cities, and it has now become difficult to accomplish the yearly objective of 10% PM2.5 reduction. The Decree requests that, according to the Shijiazhuang Pollution Control Action Plan and the requirement of the municipal government, measures must be taken to control and regulate the production activities of industries of Shijiazhuang, including industries of pharmaceutical, cement, casting, steel, coal, electric power, coking, as well as boiler running facilities. The Decree has included strong actions to be taken for each of the above industrial sector for the purpose of prevention and control of pollution. Pharmaceutical factories are not an exception; all pharmaceutical factories are requested to shut down their operation. The implementation of the actions required by the Decree shall begin from November 17 and end on December 31, 2016.
 
As far as China’s current glyphosate production process is concerned, 70% capacity is based on glycine process. Hebei province, including Shijiazhuang, is the most important production location of the main raw materials for the glycine-based production process, which are glycine and paraformaldehyde, accounting for 50% and 60%, respectively. According to reliable sources, due to this round of campaign of control, Hebei’s two most important glycine vendors Donghua Jinlong (90,000 tons) and Donghua Jiheng (90,000 tons) have shut down production. It is expected that a glycine capacity of 200,000 tons will be suspended or reduced within the coming week. At present, the daily glycine supply capacity is reduced dramatically down to 530 tons. In Shandong province, glycine supply is also affected by environmental compliance requirement, and supply capacity is further reduced. Compared to the daily supply of 1,500 – 1,600/ton in the past, now the supply in the province has decreased by 65%. Glycine price has already risen by 20%, which is expected to continue even after reaching 11,000-12,000 yuan/ton.
 
Paraformaldehyde is also under the pressure of price rise. China’s prime paraformaldehyde vendor Hebei Jintaida (50,000 tons) and Hebei Yuhang (50,000 tons) have both shut down production. With the first snow in Hebei province, transportation is affected. The paraformaldehyde price of 5,500 yuan/ton can hardly be maintained, which is expected to rise by 10%-20% within the coming week.
 
Good time for glyphosate will come earlier 
 

Glyphosate industry structure has tend to be more rational since the environmental inspection conducted this year. Good glyphosate vendors, including industry leaders such as Sichuan Fuhua, Hubei Taisheng, Yangnong Chemicals, Jiangshan Agrochemicals and Wynca, will benefit from the price rise in the winter of 2016. Glyphosate price is expected to rise by 20%-30% in the week ahead and might get back to the price of 30,000 yuan/ton at one time.


Source: Agropages

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