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Cellulose Ether Industry chain situation

Cellulose Ether Industry chain situation

(1) The Upstream industry

The main raw materials required for the production of cellulose ether include refined cotton (or wood pulp) and some commonly used chemical solvents, such as propylene oxide, methyl chloride, liquid alkali, caustic soda, ethylene oxide, toluene and other auxiliary materials. The upstream industry companies in this industry include refined cotton, wood pulp production companies and some chemical companies. The above fluctuations in the prices of major raw materials will have varying degrees of impact on the production cost and selling price of cellulose ether.

The cost of refined cotton is relatively high. Taking building material grade cellulose ether as an example, during the reporting period, the cost of refined cotton accounted for 31.74%, 28.50%, 26.59% and 26.90% of the sales cost of building material grade cellulose ether, respectively. Fluctuation in the price of refined cotton will affect the production cost of cellulose ether. The main raw material for producing refined cotton is cotton linters. Cotton linters are one of the by-products in the cotton production process and are mainly used to produce cotton pulp, refined cotton, nitrocellulose and other products. The use value and use of cotton linters and cotton are quite different, and its price is significantly lower than the price of cotton, but it has a certain correlation with the price fluctuation of cotton. The price fluctuation of cotton linters will affect the price of refined cotton.

The sharp fluctuations in the price of refined cotton will have varying degrees of impact on the control of production costs, product pricing and profitability of companies in this industry. In the case where the price of refined cotton is relatively high and the price of wood pulp is relatively cheap, in order to reduce costs, wood pulp can be used as a substitute and supplement for refined cotton, and is mainly used to produce cellulose ether with lower viscosity such as medical food grade cellulose ether. According to data from the website of the National Bureau of Statistics, in 2013 China's cotton plantation area was 4.35 million hectares, and the national cotton output was 6.31 million tons. According to the statistics of the China Cellulose Industry Association, in 2014, the total refined cotton output of major domestic refined cotton manufacturers was 332,000 tons, and the supply of raw materials was abundant.

The main raw materials for the production of graphite chemical equipment are steel and graphite carbon. The prices of steel and graphite carbon account for a relatively high proportion of the production cost of graphite chemical equipment. The price fluctuation of these raw materials will have a certain impact on the production cost and selling price of graphite chemical equipment.

(2) The downstream industry 

As an "industrial monosodium glutamate", cellulose ether has a low addition ratio of cellulose ether and a wide range of applications. The downstream industries are scattered in various industries of the national economy.

Under normal circumstances, the downstream construction industry and real estate industry will have a certain impact on the growth rate of demand for building materials grade cellulose ether. When the domestic construction industry and real estate industry are growing faster, the domestic market demand for building material grade cellulose ether is growing faster. When the growth rate of the domestic construction industry and real estate industry slows down, the growth rate of demand for building material grade cellulose ether in the domestic market will slow down, making the competition in this industry more fierce and accelerating the survival of the fittest in the industry.

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