Demand Growth in China Helping Drive Domestic Capacity Investments in Plastics and Synthetic Rubber Production; Focus of Discussion at 24 April IHS Executive Briefing at CHINAPLAS

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IHS experts to address key trends, opportunities and challenges for Chinese chemical, automotive and other industries


Monday, April 21, 2014 10:50 am EDT

"In just the next five years, from 2013 to 2018, China is going to add 9 million metric tons (MMT) of domestic polyethylene capacity alone, which is significant"

A robust demand for consumer products, housing and durable goods in China, which includes electronics, appliances, construction materials and autos, combined with an improving economy there, is driving increased domestic demand for plastics and synthetic rubbers to produce these goods, says IHS  (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight.  


This issue of consumer goods demand, coupled with China’s desire to achieve greater self-sufficiency in chemical production, including polyolefins such as polypropylene and polyethylene -- the single largest volume polymer produced by the plastics industry -- will be key points of discussion at an 24 April IHS Executive Briefing at CHINAPLAS, the 28th Annual International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, PR China.


In just the next five years, from 2013 to 2018, China is going to add 9 million metric tons (MMT) of domestic polyethylene capacity alone, which is significant,” said Nick Vafiadis, senior director, global olefins and plastics at IHS Chemical.  "Equally significant is the fact that much of this new production capacity will be quite competitive on a cash-cost basis due to advances in coal-to-olefins technologies. During our IHS Executive Briefing at CHINAPLAS, we will address the Chinese chemical market, the industry and the opportunities and challenges facing producers of key chemical products, primarily related to plastics and synthetic rubbers, which are essential components to automotive production and for many of the companies involved in Chinese manufacturing.”


IHS Chemical estimates that during the period 2000 to 2020, China will grow its basic chemicals capacity production (which includes benzene, chlorine, methanol, propylene and ethanol), by nearly 170 MMT. In other words, China will add 47 percent of the estimated global total additions expected for basic chemical production during the period. The two next largest producing countries for expected capacity additions in basic chemicals during the same period are Saudi Arabia, at 7 percent capacity additions, followed by the U.S. at 6 percent.


The IHS Chemical CHINAPLAS Executive Briefing will be held from 9 a.m. until Noon, in M50, Hall N5-2/F at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, PR China.


In addition to the issue of global production of polyethylene and ethylene production, which Vafiadis will cover, attendees at the IHS briefing will hear briefings on the impact of shale gas and coal chemicals on energy; the impact of the expanding Chinese propylene market on the global market; and new growth avenues for the global PVC (polyvinyl chloride) industry. Expert speakers will also discuss engineering plastics, as well as the synthetic rubbers markets and the end-user markets for automotive and electronics.


To register for the event, please contact Press are invited to cover the event, but must register by sending an e-mail with media credentials to To speak with Nick Vafiadis, please contact, or


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