Metalaxyl Survey in China
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Metalaxyl is a systemic fungicide that is usually used to control plant diseases caused by oomycete fungi. Because of its broad-spectrum activity, metalaxyl is used worldwide for protecting a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Currently, there are only five producers of metalaxyl technical in China with a total capacity of 2,800 t/a. Over 60% of China's metalaxyl is exported. The export volume has increased sharply since 2011 driven by the thriving demand from the overseas market.
China's metalaxyl technical production was deeply influenced by its key raw material -2,6-dimethyl aniline before, especially in 2008 when the price of 2,6-dimethyl aniline exceeded USD20,000/t.
The overseas demand for China's metalaxyl has showed an uptrend in the past two years and is likely to keep increasing.
Over 40% of China's metalaxyl is exported Asian countries, and the share will keep increasing in the future.
CCM assumes the development trend of metalaxyl TC and 2,6-dimthyl aniline will be stable in terms of both production and price in the near future.
As of May 2014, there are XX valid registrations of metalaxyl TC in China.
There are only five active producers of metalaxyl TC with a total capacity of XX t/a in China. Jiangsu Baoling and Zhejiang Heben are the top players with the capacity of XX t/a respectively.
The domestic output of metalaxyl TC kept increasing from XX tonnes in 2010 to XX tonnes in 2013, mainly driven by the thriving overseas demand for metalaxyl related products.
The price of metalaxyl TC (98%, ex-work level) has kept decreasing since 2012 because of the stable production and export growth slowdown, and the quarterly average was about USDXX/t in Q1 2014.
Both the output and price of metalaxyl TC in China are projected to be stable in the near future.
Some original producers stopped 2,6-dimethyl aniline production since 2009 because of the declining profit and sluggish market of its concomitant product, 2,4-dimethyl aniline. The capacity decreased from over XX t/a before 2010 to XX t/a in 2012, and it increased to XX t/a in 2013 along with the capacity expansion of Hebei Dapeng.
The output of 2,6-dimethyl aniline kept increasing stably from 2010 to 2013, mainly driven by the increasing domestic demand from the fungicide industry especially metalaxyl TC, and it is projected to be stable with a little rise in the near future.
The price of 2,6-dimethyl aniline showed a downtrend in the past four years because of the oversupply and declining price of raw materials, and it is predicted to stop dropping and begin to rise a little in the short term.
XX Commercial in Confidence.