Townsend Polymer Services & Information recently published its first in a planned series of China market-share reports - a 160-page study called ``Film Extrusion in China.''
Produced in conjunction with Beijing-based All China Marketing Research Co. Ltd., the report offers insights into the country's growing film marketplace and provides detailed information by supplier, geography and end use.
It consists of graphics and detailed profiles of resin converters, including complete contact information, according to Steven Landau, vice president of operations for the Houston consulting firm.
Since November, ACMR researchers have interviewed more than 840 resin converters that account for about 36 percent of China's total polyolefin film marketplace. Landau said the report captures almost 90 percent of the end-use polypropylene demand in China.
Those profiled include some of the largest converters of low, linear low and high density PE, as well as of PET and PVC. The study describes the major end markets supplied by the converters and indicates material sources.
The report estimates that Chinese resin producers will supply about 56 percent of the 2.6 billion pounds of polypropylene projected to be converted into film in China this year. Publicly listed, Beijing-based Sinopec Corp. will supply more than 80 percent of the material. North American resin producers supplied a little more than a third of the remaining 30 percent of Chinese PP film demand whose origin could be identified.
China's two major centers of PP film production are the neighboring coastal provinces of Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang, and the province of Guangdong, which account for 33 and 32 percent, respectively.
Some of the largest film converters in China, namely Foshan Plastics Group Co. Ltd., Guangzhou Hongshun Plastic Industry Co. Ltd. and Nanya Plastic Industry (Guangzhou) Co. Ltd., are in Guangdong.
Food packaging is the largest PP film end market, accounting for about 42 percent of resin consumed. Items such as bags and sacks, and dry-goods packaging collectively consumed more than 60 percent of the resin in the segment. Sinopec is the largest supplier to each of those markets.
Nonfood packaging - items such as tobacco packaging, bags, sacks and protective film - were the largest subsegments, collectively accounting for 55 percent. Sinopec again is the largest supplier, but accounted for less than half of the total supply.
``Film Extrusion in China'' is available from Townsend (www.t-psi.com) only by subscription. The price of $6,500 entitles the subscriber to two printed copies of the study; an electronic Adobe Acrobat version costs an additional $600.