PVC Product Guide

  Currently, PVC trading manual is provided in Chinese language only, which can be downloaded from DCE's Chinese website, under the Education section.

Introduction 

China PVC Production and Consumption

Polyvinyl Chloride (or PVC for short) is the third most widely produced plastic in the world following polyethylene and polypropylene, and it is used in a wide variety of applications in industry, construction, agriculture, consumables, packaging, power production and public utilities.  PVC is highly durable, resistant and flexible, making it useful for use in clothing, pipes, insulation and many other areas.

China is the world's leading PVC production and consumption nation: it produced 9.155 million tons (MT) of PVC in 2009, accounting for 27% of global production, and consumed 10.62 MT, accounting for 30% of global consumption.  Both consumption and production have grown rapidly during the last decade. Production has grown at a cumulative average growth rate (CAGR) of 14.4%, though it has not kept pace with the growth in production capacity, which has grown at a rate of nearly 20%. In terms of geography, North China is clearly the largest PVC production base in the country, accounting for 42% of total production in 2009.

Consumption has also grown rapidly, growing by nearly 11% per year from 2003 to 2009. Production has generally been unable to keep up with demand, and thus China has had to rely on imports to satisfy part of its demand. Most domestic consumption is involved in the production of wire and cable coverings, flooring, waterproof membranes, fabric coating, artificial leather, hoses, gloves, toys, plastic shoes, as well as door and window materials, hard plates and bottles. Though PVC production is primarily concentrated in North China, the main consumption areas are in the East and South. Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces together account for 49% of all domestic consumption.

Imports and Exports

Following the rapid development of Chinas PVC industry, imports and exports of PVC have undergone many changes in the last decade. Prior to 2004, China was primarily an imported of PVC: in 2003, China consumed around six million tons of PVC, of which 2.3 million tons (MT) were imported. However, with the implementation of anti-dumping policies against the United States, Russia, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, Chinas domestic PVC industry began to rapidly develop, allowing for greater self-sufficiency and less reliance on imports. Imports hit a decade low in 2008 of 1.13 MT, however the trend showed a stark reversal in 2009 with a nearly 74% increase in imports to 195.5 MT, a new all-time high. Exports also dropped by over half to 275,000 tons.

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