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    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol.3 Issue 01, 2011Biotechnologies Copyright © CCM International Limited
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11 Publication date: 8 January, 2011 ContentsBio-fuel ........................................ 1Anhui Yineng promotes biomass oil .......................................1Methanol gasoline and Ethanol gasoline might co-exist inChina in the future...................................................................1Biodiesel officially exempted from consumption tax again ... 2HenanTianguan may realize cellulosic ethanolcommercialization production in 2012 .................................. 3Fuel ethanol competing for food with human being?............ 3Bio-products ............................... 4BRI of CAAS awaiting investments in T4 lysozymeindustrialization ..................................................................... 4Bio-based chemicals.....................5Songyuan Bairui debuts their bio-based polylol .................... 5Inner Mongolia Runbang fuels competition in gellan gummarket ..................................................................................... 5Bio-materials ...............................7Shenzhen Ecomann’s second-phase PHA project still underpreparation .............................................................................7Biomaterial producers rely on corn as raw material ..............7Shandong Full Win succeeds in pilot production of PBS ..... 8Trade analysis of China’s PLA ................................................ 8News in brief .............................. 11CEBH plans to construct 300,000t/a biodiesel productionline in Hainan Province ......................................................... 11Chinese Bio-ethanol output to reach 10 million tonnes in2020 ....................................................................................... 11CIBE EXPO 2011 to be held in April 8-10, 2011 ................... 11China’s renewable energy sources account for 9.6% of thetotal energy consumption quantity ....................................... 11XTBG successfully increases six times fruit yield of Jatrophacurcas ..................................................................................... 111st World Congress of Bioenergy 2011 to be held in April 25-30, 2011 .................................................................................. 11
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11 Publication date: 8 January, 2011Editor notesF ood prices have experienced sharp rise partly caused by raw material shortages during 2010. The CPI was 5.1% in November 2010, reaching the record high for the past 28 months. Among the major raw materialsof foodstuffs, corn also witnessed a remarkable price rise in 2010, with average price growth rate of 5%-10% indifferent areas. Owing to the higher prices of domestic corn than foreign one, the corn import volume reached arecord high in 2010, almost 20-45 times higher than those during the past four years.People have attributed shortage of corn supply to fuel ethanol production since 2006. In 2010, fuel ethanolproduction has been accused of “competing for food with human being” by the public again. Although theaccusation has been proved false by some people since the corn consumption in fuel ethanol production accountedfor only 2.3% of the total output of corn in 2010 in China. To avoid further dispute over this matter, currently theChinese government is promoting non-grain fuel ethanol production on a national scale. For example, HenanTianguan and COFCO are both accelerating the commercialization of cellulosic fuel ethanol at present and expectedto realize it within two years. Also, methanol gasoline might get an authorized entrance to a larger market afterthe M15 national standard is officially issued in the first half of 2011. Furthermore, domestic biodiesel has beenofficially announced on December 24, 2010 to be exempted from consumption tax since 2009, which boosts theadvancement of domestic biodiesel industry.The corn price rise will also make other biomaterial and bio-based chemical producers select other affordable rawmaterials, like straw, or plan capacity expansion in order to further cut down the current production costs. Forexample, Songyuan Bairui officially launched its 50,000t/a production line of bio-based polylol in early December2010 based on straw material. Shenzhen Ecomann and Shandong Full Win are preparing for capacity-expansionprojects. Main companies and institutes mentioned in this issue
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11 Publication date: 8 January, 2011 Headlines■ Anhui Yineng, with 10,000t/a production demonstration base of biomass oil located in Hefei City, AnhuiProvince, is focusing on promotion of their production technology and biomass oil at present.■ China decides to promote the methanol gasoline at the end of 2010. In the future, ethanol gasoline and methanolgasoline may probably co-exist in the market with little impact on each other.■ On December 24, 2010, State Administration of Taxation issues a Notice which explicitly indicates that biodieselshould have been exempted from consumption tax since January 1, 2009, which undoubtedly is a big news to thebiodiesel producers.■ Henan Tianguan will realize cellulosic ethanol commercialization production in 2012 if everything goes onsmoothly.■ The recent shortage of corn supply has aroused wide disputes over fuel ethanol competing for food with humanbeing lately.■ BRI of CAAS recently issues the test results of its T4 lysozyme pilot-scale production and is awaiting investmentsin its T4 lysozyme industrialization.■ The first domestic producer of polylol with straw as raw material is officially launched its 50,000t/a productionline of bio-based polylol in early December, 2010 in Songyuan City, Jilin Province.■ Inner Mongolia Runbang plans to build a 15,000t/a (designed capacity) production line of gellan gum in 2011,which fuels competition in gellan gum market.■ Shenzhen Ecomann’s second phase PHA project is still under environmental impact assessment and landevaluation. The construction is estimated to be started in April or May at the least, 2011.■ Xinfu Pharmaceutical got a national patent of bio-succinic acid .■ Whether it is legal to use disposable foam tableware in China causes intense dispute by various societyorganizations recently.■ Bio-based PVA will be first launched in China in early 2011, which will meet strong competition from traditionalPVA in the market.■ Corn is reliable as raw material as its prices can be kept relatively stable in China, which can avoid high operationrisks for biomaterial producers.■ Inearly January 2011, Shandong Full Win succeeds in a pilot production of PBS with its self-invented pilot-scaleproduction equipment.■ Both China’s PLA export volume and import volume grow in 2010.
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Bio-fuel Anhui Yineng promotes biomass oilB iomass oil, made from agricultural residue and applied in agricultural or industrial machinery toreplace ordinary diesel, was firstly industrialized over made from two tonnes straw within one hour. The prevailing advantage of the company is that it can make full use of the raw material without dischargingthe country by Anhui Yineng Bio-energy Co., Ltd. (or any pollutants. Besides biomass oil, the by-products ofAnhui Yineng). Till now, Anhui Yineng is claimed still flammable gases and ashes can be applied in plant andbeing the only manufacturer producing biomass oil on fertilization respectively, which help cut productionan industrialization scale domestically. cost and make more profit. A tonne of biomass oil can gain profit of USD45-75 without any governmentalCurrently, the company has been focusing on fiscal support.promotion of biomass oil and production technologyrather than R&D since last September. Thanks to being Anhui Yineng adopts pyrolytic decompositionwidely press-exposed domestically as early as 2007, technology to produce biomass oil, which cohered itsthe company earned its fame. Because of unpredictable over ten years painstaking R&D efforts. Besides China,high investment risks for technology improvement, the Canada and Netherlands are the other two countriescompany only selects investors or business partners mastered this technology. Through this technology,with strong economic strength. agricultural residues like straw, wood chip, peanut shell can be thermo-decomposed into combustible biomassIn spite of good reputation, the companys products oil within one hour.are often confused with other types of bio-based fuelproducts by customers due to irregular domestic On the basis of combustion efficiency, 1.5 tonnes ofbiomass oil market, impeding the companys promotion biomass oil is equivalent to 1 tonne diesel. However,process. the price of 1 tonne of diesel is almost twice as much as that of 1.5 tonnes of biomass oil; therefore, the marketBy now, Anhui Yinengs 10,000t/a production potential of biomass oil is considerably high.demonstration base of biomass oil is located in HefeiCity, Anhui Province. 1.2-1.5 tonnes biomass can be Methanol gasoline and Ethanol gasoline might co-exist in China in the futureD uring 2010, the use of methanol gasoline (usually a gasoline blend of 15% methanol, or M15) has beenpromoted in some cities, aiming to reduce the reliance gasoline producer in Zhejiang Province), fuel ethanol consumes massive tonnes of corn while fuel methanol is made from coal which is quite rich in China now. In fact,on petroleum. Evidence is mounting that methanol the total capacity of methanol was reported to reach 35-gasoline may pose a threat to ethanol gasoline (usually a 38 million t/a currently but the operating rate couldgasoline blend of 10% ethanol, or E10), which has been only reach at 35%-40% in recent two years, suggesting apromoted for several years in ten provinces. huge supply potential of methanol to methanol gasoline industry.First, methanol gasoline’s prices are less subject to oilprices than ethanol gasoline’s prices, which can lower Based on these facts, the Chinese central governmentthe operation risks that methanol gasoline producers started to promote the methanol gasoline. In 2010,take. The E10 ceiling prices have officially been set some cities in Zhejiang Province and Shaanxi Provinceby the Chinese central government to be 91% of the were successively selected as trial zones for methanolgasoline prices while the M15 prices have only 85% gasoline (M15) use. Also, Ministry of Industry anddependence on the gasoline prices, indicating that E10 Information Technology of the PRC has officially chosenprices would easily exceed M15 prices if gasoline prices Shanghai City, Shaanxi Province and Shanxi Province ascontinue going up. Actually, the domestic gasoline trial zones for trial use of high-proportioned methanolprices have seen four times rises during 2010 and may gasoline (gasoline blends of 85% methanol, or M85).continue to grow as the international oil prices are Meanwhile, the national standard for M15 is expected toreported to be still seeing upward trends. At present, the be officially issued in the first half of 2011, suggesting aM15 prices are similar to the E10 prices. wider application of M15 in China.Second, according to Zhejiang Sapphire Energy ScienceCo. Ltd. (or Zhejiang Sapphire, the first methanolCCM International Limited 1 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Although methanol gasoline prevails over ethanol Furthermore, even if M15 enters into the gasolinegasoline in many aspects, the wider application of M15 is market on a large scale in the future, there is smallstill up in the air even after the national standard of M15 chance that the government will allow M15 to capturebeing issued. Once methanol gasoline enters into the the original market for E10, because the fuel ethanol ingasoline market on a large scale, 15% of original gasoline E10 comes from recoverable materials, which complieswill be substituted by methanol, which can break the with the sustainable development strategy. Actually, theoriginal supply and demand balance of gasoline in current places where M15 is promoted do not overlapthe market and probably damages the interest of the with the places where E10 is sold. In the future, ethanolpetroleum giants (mainly referring to Sinopec Corp. and gasoline and methanol gasoline may probably co-existCNPC), who may block M15’s entrance into gasoline in the market but be sold in different zones with littlemarket, after they own almost half amounts of domestic impact on each other.gas stations. Biodiesel officially exempted from consumption tax againO n December 24, 2010, State Administration of Taxation issued a document Guo Shui (2010)No.118, (the Notice of Biodiesel Produced with of Finance, (Notice of the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation on the Relevant Tax Policies Concerning Refined Oil Consumption after theWaste Animal and Vegetable Oils be Exempted from Increase of the Refined Oil Consumption Tax Rates)Consumption Tax), which explicitly indicates that and simultaneously abolished the Document Guo Shuibiodiesel should have been exempted from consumption Han (2005) No.39. Since then, no specific documenttax since January 1, 2009, thus biodiesel producers who indicates clearly whether consumption tax should bepaid consumption tax after January 1, 2009 will get the levied on biodiesel.refund. Therefore, some provinces such as Shandong, Hebei,“The official release of the document cut down about Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Sichuan and etc., levied consumptionUSD140/t from the production cost of biodiesel tax from biodiesel producers, resulting in high-costcurrently”, said by Mr. Ning, president of China pressures. Mr. Ning claimed that many biodieselBiodiesel Coordination Group (CBCG), “Undoubtedly, producers shifted to industrial chemicals industry whichit is a good news to the biodiesel producers and it will does not need to pay consumption tax, thus weakeningpossibly initiate a new round biodiesel investment biodiesels function as alternative energy.boom. " The notice of exempting biodiesel from consumptionChina used to exempt biodiesel from consumption tax tax has obvious effects on regulating biodiesel market.in 2006. State Administration of Taxation issued the Firstly, it will inspire biodiesel producers enthusiasmdocument Guo Shui Han (2005) No.39, (Written Reply for the relatively relieving cost pressure. Secondly,about Problem of Biodiesel Consumption Tax), explicitly some used-to-be illegal small biodiesel producers willindicating that biodiesel with animal and vegetable positively apply for the business license, entering theoils as raw materials is not belonging to the scope of biodiesel market through legal means.levying consumption tax in December 2006. But onDecember 19, 2008, State Administration of Taxationissued the Document No. 168 (2008) of the Ministry CCM’s Market Reports Study on Lignin and Lignin-based products in China Announcement Major producer info of Lactic acid in China in 2010 Biomass Energies Market in China For more details, please contact CCM at Major producer info of Sodium Gluconate in China in 2010 econtact@cnchemicals.com CCM’s Market Reports Major producer info of Lysine in China in 2010 Announcement Major producer info of Corn starch in China in 2010 For more details, please contact CCM at econtact@cnchemicals.com Export summary data of Corn starch in China in 2010CCM International Limited 2 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11 HenanTianguan may realize cellulosic ethanol commercialization production in 2012" After updating, at present Henan Tianguan Group (Henan Tianguan)’s cellulosic ethanol productionline has reached capacity of 10,000t/a,” claimed by Second is the difficulty in raw material collection. China’s agriculture is using separate management system, leading to difficulties in massive strawMr. Chen, a process engineer in Henan Tianguan, “ collection. If government can provide subsidy forthis production line will realize commercialization straw collection and assistance to build up strawproduction in 2012 if everything goes on smoothly." comprehensive utilization recovery stations around China, the situation may turn better.As early as 1997, Henan Tianguan had begun R&D ofproduction technologies of cellulosic ethanol. In Dec. Because of high cost of cellulosic ethanol production,2007, Henan Tianguan launched a demonstration Chinese central government has to issue policy ofcellulosic ethanol production line with capacity of public subsidies for cellulosic ethanol to accelerate the5,000t/a. In order to reduce total production cost, cellulosic ethanol commercialization process.the company began to renovate the demonstrationproduction lines of cellulosic ethanol and enlarge the China already leapt to the second largest petroleumcapacity into 10,000t/a in 2010. consumption country, it is imminent to seek new alternative energies. So China will strengthen degreeAccording to Mr. Chen, at present , about 7 tonnes of support and issue related policies to advance thestraw can produce 1 tonne cellulosic ethanol in Henan development of cellulosic ethanol industry. Nowadays,Tianguan, and the total cost of cellulosic ethanol is Henan Tianguan has applied for a cellulosic ethanolstill too high, at about USD1,210/t. Simultaneously, to project with the total capacity of 120,000t/a to Nationalrealize cellulosic ethanol commercialization production, Development and Reform Commission. Mr. Chen claimsthere are some problems need to be solved. that Henan Tianguan plans to construct 12 cellulosic ethanol production bases each with capacity of 10,000t/First is the high production cost . Mr. Chen claimed a in Henan at the end of 2012.that there are two methods to reduce production cost.,improving the processing technique to reduce the costof cellulose and making full use of the by-productslignin in the pot ale, and the company is making efforttowards these two directions. Fuel ethanol competing for food with human being?F ood prices have experienced sharp rises partly caused by raw material shortages during 2010.The CPI was 5.1% in November 2010, reaching the gasoline fuel. Based on these facts, the chairman of PFCGCC oncerecord high for the past 28 months. Among the major proposed suspending all the current capacities ofraw materials of foodstuffs, corn also witnessed a corn-based fuel ethanol to National Development andremarkable price rise in 2010, with average price growth Reform Commission in early August 2010, calling forrate of 5%-10% in different areas. People has attributed guaranteeing the national food security. There has beenshortage of corn supply to fuel ethanol production no reply yet. And this proposal seems a little extremesince 2006. Fuel ethanol production has been accused to CCM, but it still arouses disputes over fuel ethanolof “competing for food with human being” by the public. competing food with human being.Owing to the high price of corn, corn-based fuel However, some oppose this view. The total output ofethanol production can be seen as a losing business or corn in 2010 is reported to be around 172 million tonnesa behaviour of food wasting. There are now only four while the total consumption volume of corn for fuelproducers of fuel ethanol who can gain governmental ethanol production is estimated to be only 4 millionsubsidies to offset their losses from selling fuel tonnes based on the current fuel ethanol capacity ofethanol. According to the financial report of Anhui 1.13 million t/a from corn (yield rate: 1t ethanol / 3.5tBBCA Biochemical Co., Ltd. (Anhui BBCA, one of the corn), accounting for only 2.3% of the total outputfour fuel ethanol producers), its gross profit rate of of corn. In fact, most corn in China is applied in feedthe fuel ethanol business in the first half of 2010 was production, with about 70% of corn output consumed-10.75%. To make things worse, the production costs of in feed production in 2009. Therefore, the view of “fuelfuel ethanol is too high, at around USD1,182/t, about ethanol competing food with human being” seems notUSD40/t higher than the current price of conventional so convincible.CCM International Limited 3 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Aiming to avoid further dispute over this matter, China COFCO), cooperating with China Petroleum & Chemicalhas decided to stop approving any corn-based fuel Corporation (or Sinopec) and Novozymes, was reportedethanol project as early as 2006 and started to promote to launch their first domestic pilot sales of cellulose-non-grain fuel ethanol in 2007. Till now, China has based fuel ethanol by the end of 2011.approved for at least five fuel ethanol constructionprojects distributed in five provinces based on tuber Notes: PFCGCC stands for Petroleum Flow Committeematerials like potato, cassava. And ZTE Energy Co., Ltd. of China General Chamber of Commerce, is a not-for-(or ZTE Energy) built a 30,000t/a fuel ethanol pilot profit organization launched by domestic producers andproduction base with sweet sorghum as raw material distributors of petroleum products.in Inner Mongolia in 2010. COFCO Corporation (orBio-products BRI of CAAS awaiting investments in T4 lysozyme industrializationB iotechnology Research Institute of CAAS (or BRI of CAAS) recently issued its test results of its T4lysozyme pilot-scale production through fermentation Animal Husbandry, attaches not much importance to this project and has no intention to invest in the industrialization researches temporarily. But in view ofmethod using Pichia Pastoris (a kind of yeast) in the partnership, BRI of CAAS is not allowed to inviteDecember 2010. According to BRI of CAAS, launched other business partners unilaterally. In the future, BRIin 2006, the research project, namely “T4 lysozyme of CAAS will continue doing R&D work to improve theproduction through fermentation method using Pichia productivity and activity of T4 lysozyme and create newPastoris”, was actually a national level project jointly dosage forms.responsible by China Animal Husbandry Industry Co.,Ltd. (or China Animal Husbandry) and BRI of CAAS. Notes:Undertaken by China Animal Husbandry, the pilot-scaleproduction tests lasting for about eight months were Lysozyme is a kind of enzyme having lysis effect (killjust finished. through decomposing cells) on bacteria. It can be widely found in mammal’s body fluids (including human) likeAccording to the project leader, Professor Liu from BRI tears, breast milk, saliva, and especially rich in fowl’sof CAAS, T4 lysozyme is a kind of enzyme ever found egg white. Thanks to its non-toxicity without sidewith the highest lysis effect (kill through decomposing effect, lysozyme can be safely and widely applied to foodcells) on bacteria worldwide. The ordinary lysozyme as food preservative and to medical-care as antiseptic.which has already been industrialized originates from Lysozyme can also be used as tool enzyme in geneticchicken egg white, while T4 lysozyme originates from engineering operations.T4 phage (bacteria virus). Through years of effort ingenetic modification on Pichia Pastoris, BRI of CAAS CAAS stands for “The Chinese Academy of Agriculturalhas enabled the research institute to use ordinary Sciences”. CAAS is Chinas national agriculturalPichia Pastoris producing T4 lysozyme. Till now, there research organization, directly affiliated to the Ministryhas been no T4 lysozyme industrialization globally, of Agriculture.according to Professor Liu. So the genetic-modifiedPichia Pastoris and its relevant culturing conditions Founded in 1998, China Animal Husbandry Industrycan be seen as the core technologies for T4 lysozyme Co., Ltd. (or China Animal Husbandry) is a largeindustrialization. Because the Pichia Pastoris is multi-service corporation who got listed on Shanghaigenetically modified, the T4 lysozyme industrialization Exchange Stock Market in 1999. Now it has eight bio-needs to get approvals for environmental evaluations product companies, eight feed companies and fourfrom the local government. veterinary drug companies through wholly-owned, holding and joint-ventured ways.However, Professor Liu disclosed that theindustrialization process of T4 lysozyme mightbe hampered because its project partner, ChinaCCM International Limited 4 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Bio-based chemicals Songyuan Bairui debuts their bio-based polylolS ongyuan Bairui officially launched its 50,000t/ a production line of bio-based polylol in earlyDecember 2010 in Songyuan City, Jilin Province. price advantage in the market. The company has already opened business negotiationsIts polylol is originated from renewable biomass with some enterprises in Guangzhou City and will putmaterials, namely cellulose and lignin, both of which are more weight on the domestic market. Mr. Ma disclosedoutsourced and made from straw. And Songyuan Bairui that the company would rather sell its products atis the first domestic producer of polylol based on straw present than sell their production technology ormaterial, showing unrivaled raw material advantage as company’s shares. In the foreign market, Mr. Mathe supply of straw is ample(estimated 70 million t/a) in suggested that they should cooperate with Bayer orChina. BASF and sell their products abroad through these companies.Furthermore, the core production technology originatedboth from Songyuan Bairui and South China University Notes:of Technology (or SCUT, located in Guangzhou City).According to Songyang Bairui’s General Manager, (1) The company’s raw material, namely cellulose andMr. Ma, its technology was developed mainly by itself lignin, outsourced from Songyuan Laihe Chemicaland SCUT just offered some advice or instructions. At Co., Ltd., who launched their 300,000t/a straw-basedpresent, its production technology is relatively mature. production line in September, 2010 in Songyuan City,Songyuan Bairui and SCUT have jointly applied for Jilin Province. With capability of processing 300,000t/several patents since July 2010. a straw material, this production line can produce 30,000t/a high-purity lignin, 120,000t/a celluloseAccording to Mr. Ma, the bio-based polylol is a thick and 50,000t/a total capacity of butanol, acetone andand dark liquid with hydroxyl contents of 0.3%-0.35%, ethanol. And Mr. Ma used to be one of share holders ofwhich is suitable for the production of rigid or semi- Songyuan Laihe before he became the General Managerrigid polyurethane foam products. This type of bio- of Songyuan Bairui. So these two companies have verybased polylol shares similar chemical structure with close business relationships.ordinary petroleum-based polyether polylols but theyare quite different in nature. According to previous test (2) Polyether polylol is a type of polymer commonlyresults, 50%-60% petroleum-based polyether polylol applied in polyurethane rigid foam products which(hydroxyl contents: 0.42%) can be replaced by bio- are intended for heat insulation of buildings, pipes,based polyether polylols in the application of semi-rigid and refrigerators. Polyether polylol is also used forpolyurethane foam products. The bio-based polyether waterproof and airproof.polylols is only sold at USD1700/t, USD370/t lowerthan the petroleum-based one, enjoying a favourable Inner Mongolia Runbang fuels competition in gellan gum marketI n early December 2010, Inner Mongolia Runbang Bio-technology Co., Ltd. (or Inner MongoliaRunbang) was reported to build a 15,000t/a (designed will obviously fuel competition in the domestic gellan gum market.capacity) production line of gellan gum in 2011. According to the top two gellan gum producers, namelyTechnical-supported by Jiangnan University and a Zhejiang Tech-Way Biochemical Co., Ltd. (or Zhejiangbiotech company from Hong Kong, this construction Tech-Way) and Zhejiang DSM Zhongken Biotechnologyproject will gain a total investment of around USD44 Co.,Ltd. (or Zhejiang Zhongken), the domestic totalmillion, 2/3 of which belongs to fixed assets, aiming to capacity of gellan gum reaches around 1,000t/arealize an estimated sales revenue of USD148 million currently but the domestic annual consumption is onlyannually. Its first-phase construction will be initiated in 400 tonnes at most. To increase sales, the domesticApril 2011 and finished at a capacity of 5,000t/a within enterprises have to export their products but still areone year, and is estimated to offer 300 job vacancies. severely challenged by the like products from CP Kelco (headquartered in the U.S.), the global leading producerThough the current domestic gellan gum market has of various bio-gels, including gellan gum.been facing serious over-capacity, the company stillthinks highly of this market, but the expanded capacityCCM International Limited 5 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11The low demand for gellan gum can be attributed to the The extremely high price is another major factorfollowing two aspects: impeding the promotion of domestic gellan gum. Among them, xanthan gum is the most competitiveThe immature application technologies limit application one against gellan gum as its similar performances tofields of gellan gum. Gellan gum is a kind of thickener. gellan gum. Although gellan gum has many advantagesCurrently, about 90% of gellan gum is mainly applied over xanthan gum such as higher transparency, higherin the food and beverage industry in China, mainly for chemical stability, and much lower addition rate (aboutbeverage and jelly. There is also a small amount used 1/5 of xanthan gum), yet the price of gellan gum isin solid air fresheners. Many domestic producers find around ten times higher than that of xanthan gum,it quite hard to apply gellan gum to their products which keeps the gellan gum from being widely appliedeffectively. Only a few professional formulators can to more fields.provide relevant application technologies for some otherapplication fields. But these formulators keep their Although some existing producers of gellan gumapplication technologies or experience in hand very expressed their concerns upon the intensifiedtightly, limiting the wide application of gellan gum to a competition brought about by the new project, theylarge extent. Moreover, the biggest foreign competitor paid more attention to the development of applicationCP Kelco is much stronger than the domestic enterprises technologies of gellan gum as well as production costin this aspect. cut. Corn Products China News Your Fast Gateway to an Effective China Strategy Monthly Newsletter with insightful analysis on Corn Bio-fuel Corn Starch Sugar Alcohol Starch Fermentation Modified Starch For more details, please contact CCM at econtact@cnchemicals.comCCM International Limited 6 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Bio-materialsShenzhen Ecomann’s second-phase PHA project still under preparationS henzhen Ecomann Bio-technology Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Ecomann) is the second largestPolyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA, one kind of Shenzhen Ecomann started its PHA project in Zoucheng City, Shandong Province in May, 2008 and launched its first PHA production line of 5,000t/a in July,biodegradable resins) producer in China. Its second- 2009. Once the second-phase project is launched,phase of PHA construction project in Zoucheng the company will continue building its third PHACity, Shandong Province, which was supposed to be production line of 50,000t/a also located in Shandonginitiated at the end of 2010 based on their original Province, which is supposed to be completed by 2012.plans, is still under preparation, according to Shenzhen In 2013, the company plans to build another twoEcomann. Considering the project is still under the PHA production lines distributed in North-westernenvironmental impact assessment and land evaluation, China and North-eastern China respectively. All thesethe construction is estimated to be started in April or expansion plans aim to sharply cut the production costsMay at the least, 2011. through economy of scale.After completing the second project with a total Owing to the higher prices of PHA resins than that ofinvestment of almost USD52 million, Shenzhen conventional plastics, most of their PHA resins areEcomann will boost their current designed capacity exported to developed countries. In early Decemberfrom 5,000t/a up to 50,000t/a and fulfill an estimated 2010, Ecomann’s PHA resins gained approval from thesales revenue of about USD590 million. Aiming European Union to be used in foodstuffs, offering widerto accelerate the process of this project, the local applications chances of Shenzhen Ecomann’s PHAgovernment has deployed a special working group to resins in food and beverage industry. In fact, in Marchhelp fund-raising for this project. Till now, Shenzhen 2010, Shenzhen Ecomann has signed an agreement withEcomann has signed long-term supply contracts with A&O FilmPAC (a resin distributor in the UK) to entitle itmany enterprises from the UK, South Korea, etc. and as the sole EU distributor for its PHA resins. Shenzhenhas reached cooperation intention with some domestic Ecomann does not set any other agents except A&Owell-known enterprises. FilmPAC in other countries. Biomaterial producers rely on corn as raw materialM any biomaterials originate from corn, such as PLA, PHA and starch-based materials. These materialsare always being bragged about their independence the price. Lastly, some also thought that import volume of corn in 2010 would be pretty small if the corn output had not been decreased in 2010. It is believed that cornfrom global volatile oil prices because over half of oil can be self-sufficient for China thanks to its huge cornconsumption in China is imported. However, since output, which enables corn to be a reliable raw materialChina saw a record high of its corn import volume in for many biomaterial producers.2010, news has spread like wildfire that corn might FIGURE 1:Import volume of corn for China, 2006-2010fall in the same old trap like oil and become reliable onimports in the future. If so, many biomaterial producersin China might probably take much higher operationrisks owing to unstable costs of their raw material,namely corn.Although the corn import volume reached a record highin 2010, yet many domestic industry insiders did notshow much concerns about this problem. They believed,even though the corn import volume could reach7,500,000 tonnes in five years, merely equal to 5% ofthe Chinese corn output of 2010, which would exertvery little impact on domestic corn prices. Furthermore,the corn prices can become much more stable when Source: CCM InternationalChinese government takes relative measures to balanceCCM International Limited 7 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11The corn import volume was estimated to reach 2010 over 2009 because of pig farming industry thriving1,600,000 tonnes in 2010, almost 20-45 times higher since mid 2010. Currently, about 70% of corn outputthan those during the past four years. Since mid 2010, a in China is consumed in feed industry. Also, starchfew foreign media have predicted the corn import figure deep-processing industry saw a growth of 30% in cornfor China could be 7,500,000tonnes after five years. consumption in 2010 over 2009. Lastly, the bad weather conditions in late 2009 led to corn output’s fall in 2010The sudden rise of the corn import volume can be by 20 million tonnes, which was also responsible for thedirectly attributed to the higher prices of domestic corn corn-supply shortage in 2010. This shortage problemthan foreign one. The high prices of domestic corn were was also firstly and officially issued in 2010 by a Chinesedragged up by corn-supply shortage. First, the corn authority.consumption in feed industry grew steadily by 3% in Shandong Full Win succeeds in pilot production of PBSI n early January 2011, Shandong Full Win New Material Co., Ltd. (or Shandong Full Win) succeededin a pilot production of PBS with its self-invented pilot- and 20,000t/a in Zibo City, Shandong Province, which would be finished in June 2011 and September 2011, respectively. Aiming to raise funds for this project,scale production equipment. The PBS of the company China New Materials launched IPO in Hong Kong inwas reported to be superior to other like products at December 2010.home and abroad in terms of the product’s physical andchemical properties. Although PBS is quite mature on the basis of production technology, yet it is still new to most domestic or evenAccording to the company, its PBS is produced through foreign customers. Moreover, as the price of PBS isdirect polymerization of the two raw materials, more expensive over the conventional plastic materials,namely 1, 4-butanediol (or BDO) and succinic acid, quite a long time is still needed to gain profit afterwithout adding any chain extenders, attaching the the launch of the production lines. Also, more andPBS with superb hygiene feature. Till now, the product more PBS producers are emerging in China, severelyhas got relevant approvals from Chinese Centre for intensifying the competition on the domestic PBSDisease Control and Prevention for its qualification market. Meanwhile, according to a staff in a recoverableof application in food and drug package, suggesting a material research centre in South China University ofmuch wider range of applications than those without Technology, most high quality PBS products come fromthe qualification. Japan can become tough rivals to Chinese PBS products.Actually, Shandong Full Win is one of the two To survive the current situations, China New Materialssubsidiaries of China New Materials Holdings Limited is reported to adopt direct sales model instead of a(or China New Materials). China New Materials is distributorship sales model, giving it the ability toa manufacturer engaged in the production of three obtain first-hand market information directly from theirchemical materials including BDO, GBL and THF and customers and build long-term and close relationshipsplans to penetrate into domestic PBS market and build with customers.two PBS production lines with capacities of 5,000t/a Trade analysis of China’s PLA■ Export analysis 1). The price of corn which is PLA’s raw material kept stable or even fell a little in December 2010 thanksExport volume to relatively adequate corn supply during this time. Therefore China’s PLA export price in 2010 kept atC hina’s total PLA (polylactic acid) export volume around USD2,380/t (FIGURE 3). reached about 530 tonnes in the first elevenmonths of 2010 (TABLE 1). With domestic PLA quality Major domestic PLA export provincesimproving and recovery of global economy, China’sPLA export would keep growing in December 2010 and By now, Zhejiang Hisun Group Co., Ltd. (Zhejiangthe total annual export volume could reach about 600 Hisun), the largest domestic PLA producer, andtonnes in 2010 (FIGURE 2), twice as many as 2009. Nantong Jiuding Biological Engineering Co., Ltd. (Nantong Jiuding), located in Zhejiang Province, areExport price still two major domestic PLA producers (TABLE 2).China’s average export price of PLA reached aboutUSD2,388/t from January to November 2010 (TABLECCM International Limited 8 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Major export destinations FIGURE 3: Average export prices of China’s PLA, 2007- 2010estBoth Zhejiang Hisun and Nantong Jiuding are stillapplying for ASTM (American Society of TestingMaterials) and EN (European Norm) identification,which has not been authorized yet, therefore, China’sPLA export aims mainly at Asian regions (TABLE 3). TABLE 1: Export volume, value and price of China’s PLA, Jan. - Nov., 2010 Source: CCM International TABLE 2: Export volume of major domestic PLA export provinces, Jan.-Nov., 2010 Source: CCM InternationalSource: CCM International FIGURE 2: Annual export volume of Chinas PLA, 2007- 2010est 5,000 4,478 Source: CCM International 4,500 4,000 3,500 TABLE3: Major export destinations of China’s PLA, Jan.- 2,879 Unit, tonne 3,000 Nov., 2010 2,500 2,000 1,500 1,000 286 600 500 0 2007 2008 2009 2010estSource: CCM International Source: CCM International■ Import analysis Import priceImport volume Since most PLA imported by China in 2010 mostly came from the U.S.(TABLE 6), the imported-PLA pricesChina’s total PLA import volume reached about 2,417 mostly depended on the corn prices in the U.S. Boostedtonnes in the first eleven months of 2010 (TABLE 4). by the thriving fuel ethanol industry in the U.S., theAs a global important processing country of PLA-based corn prices has seen sharp rise since the fourth quarterproducts, China’s annual PLA import volume would at of 2010, which further dragged up the PLA prices inleast reach 2,500 tonnes in 2010 (FIGURE 4), nearly the U.S. Therefore, the PLA price of December 2010parallel with the level of 2009. would also keep at USD2,800/t at least , close to the level of November 2010(TABLE 4), which would make the annual average import price for 2010 to be about USD2,400/t (FIGURE 5).CCM International Limited 9 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11Major import destinations Major China’s PLA import originsBecause most domestic PLA-based products producers By now, NatureWorks LLC, the largest global PLAand domestic PLA trade companies concentrate in producers located in the U.S, still has absoluteGuangdong Province and Zhejiang Province, which advantages of unrivaled PLA capacity of 70,000t/a andare the two largest PLA import destinations in China mature PLA processing technologies, therefore, the(TABLE 5). company still captures most global PLA market (TABLE 6). TABLE 4: Import volume, value and price of China’s PLA, FIGURE 5: Average import prices of China’s PLA, 2007- Jan. - Nov., 2010 2010est Source: CCM InternationalSource: CCM International TABLE 5: Import volume of major domestic PLA import provinces, Jan.-Nov., 2010FIGURE 4: Annual import volume of Chinas PLA, 2007-2010est Source: CCM International TABLE 6: Major PLA import origins to China, Jan.-Nov., 2010Source: CCM International Source: CCM InternationalCCM International Limited 10 www.cnchemicals.com
    • Industrial Biotechnologies China News Vol. 3 Issue 01.11News in brief CEBH plans to construct 300,000t/a biodiesel production line in Hainan ProvinceO n January 3, 2011, China Integrated Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBEH) announced that CBEH plans to construct biodiesel production line with capacity of 300,000t/a in Hainan Province, China, and the first-phase project ofbiodiesel production line with capacity of 100,000t/a will be launched in 2012. Chinese Bio-ethanol output to reach 10 million tonnes in 2020A ccording to the Global Bio-Refining Industry Report which was announced in The World Economic Forum 2010, fuel ethanol, produced with crop straw will substitute for 31 million tonnes gasoline, causing China’spetroleum import volume to reduce by 10%. CIBE EXPO 2011 to be held in April 8-10, 2011T he 3rd China International Bioenergy Exhibition & Technical Conference (CIBE EXPO) 2011 will be held in April 8-10, 2011 in China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing.China’s renewable energy sources account for 9.6% of the total energy consumption quantityO n December 15, 2010, China National Energy Board claimed that in 11th Five-Year plan period, China’s renewable energy sources would expand by leaps and bounds. In 2010, China’s renewable energy sourcesreached 300 million tonnes standard coal, accounting for 9.6% of the total energy consumption quantity. XTBG successfully increases six times fruit yield of Jatropha curcasR ecently, the researchers in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG) used technology of selection and breeding to increase six times fruit yield of Jatropha curcas, one kind ofenergy crop for producing biodiesel. The researchers discovered that 6-Benzylaminopurine can obviously increaseflower number and female flower’s proportion, simultaneously can induce hermaphroditic flowers, thus obviouslyincreasing the fruit yield. 1st World Congress of Bioenergy 2011 to be held in April 25-30, 2011T he 1st World Congress of Bioenergy 2011, which is hosted by China Medicinal Biotech Association,will be held in April 25-30, 2011 in Dalian World Expo Centre. The Theme of this congress is to develop natural bio-renewableenergy.CCM International Limited 11 www.cnchemicals.com
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