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In 2005-2013, China's total coal tar output grew year by year with the rising coke output, at an annual average growth rate of 9.9%. The output in 2013 jumped 16% year on year to 20 million tons. Affected by material supply, 61.1% of domestic coal tar capacity is concentrated in the coal-rich North China (40%) and East China (21.1%). Shanxi as an important coal-producing province contributes 25.2% to the country’s total coal tar output, ranking first; Hebei takes second place with 16.1%; followed by Henan with 7.6%.
In China, deep processing and carbon black consume more than 90% of coal tar, and a small amount of coal tar is exported or used to produce gasoline and diesel oil via high-pressure hydrogenation. China has few high-quality and high value-added coal tar deep-processed products. In 2013, Chinese coal tar deep-processing industry represented actual processing capacity of 11 million tons (total design processing capacity of 23 million tons), up 20.7% year on year. In the same year, the operating rate of carbon black processing units hit around 60%, with actual output of 3.8 million tons and coal tar consumption of 3.26 million tons.
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