In early July, Hebang Bio-technology decreased operating rates of its PMIDA production. Its PMIDA sector witnessed weak outputs and sales in H1, due to the domestic stagnant glyphosate TC market. Most of the company's PMIDA is sold and used to produce glyphosate, with a small proportion exported. This suggests that domestic and overseas demands for glyphosate TC are the key factor in the PMIDA market. Based on the current glyphosate TC sector, Hebang Bio-technology's PMIDA production and sales in H2 are expected to less positive.
Although having suspended all glyphosate TC production lines owing to the cost factor and environmental pressure, Weifang Rainbow still has guaranteed its production of glyphosate formulations and exports of glyphosate TC over recent years. Notably, Weifang Rainbow intends to resume glyphosate TC production via a technical improvement project.
With heavy rains in July, the production and prices of glyphosate TC in China remained stable. Main producers said that their logistics and transportation have not been impacted adversely. Overall operating rates of domestic glyphosate TC producers dropped by around 5%-7% over the first half of July due to low downstream demand; conversely, Xingfa Group achieved about 90% operating rates.
In early July, the domestic glyphosate TC downstream markets witnessed a slack season, with ex-works prices remaining stable. The number of orders fell and most producers reduced their operating rates. Major glyphosate raw material prices also dropped. Short-term glyphosate TC prices are predicted to maintain steady and decrease.
China's glyphosate TC production and sales appeared reasonable in H1 over last year. Relevant production and logistics were restricted in Q1 during the climax of COVID-19, and downstream demand grew in Q2, pushing up glyphosate TC production as a result. However, demand growth slowed in late June. This month, most local glyphosate TC producers decreased their operating rates due to reduced orders.
In mid-July, China's yellow phosphorus prices recovered by around 0.50%, with some producers increasing their prices by nearly 2%, due to short supplies on the market when some producers suspended production for overhauls. Under the price growth, suppliers became reluctant to sell out their yellow phosphorus, further pushing up the price. Supply shortages are expected to remain in the next 2-3 weeks, leaving the price a growth space. Conversely, downstream demand didn't rise, and demand from glyphosate TC and other pesticide producers even receded. In particular, some glyphosate and other agrochemical enterprises suspended manufacturing for overhauls this month, depressing requirements for yellow phosphorus. As a result, ex-works prices of yellow phosphorus will likely rise in the short term, but will soon fall subsequently.
As heavy rains continued to lash many southern areas in mid-July, China raised the emergency response for flood control from Level III to Level II. Guizhou, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangxi, Guangdong, and Hubei were worst-hit areas. Notably, Hubei, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces are the places where phosphorus chemical production enterprises congregate, and in particular, 50%+ of large-sized ones are located in the Yangtze River Basin. Many market analysts predict that domestic phosphorus chemical production, sales, and logistics will be impacted, while the sales of some phosphorus chemical-related products will increase significantly.
Zhejiang Wynca has successfully renewed the registration of ammonium glyphosate*diuron 80% WG, which would have expired on 21 Oct., 2020, to 21 Oct., 2025, approved by the Competent Agriculture Department of the State Council in early July, meaning that the company can continue to produce and sell this product. This is China's only glyphosate (and various salts) and diuron formulation that has been given a pesticide registration certificate.
The difficulty of chemical enterprises to enter parks was mentioned both at the 22nd Sessions of the 13th People's Congress of Shandong Province on 23 July and the Conference of Connecting Hazardous Chemical Production Enterprises with Related Chemical Parks on 28 July. The Guiding Opinions has set 2 overall objectives - the relocation and improvement of small and medium-sized enterprises and large enterprises with major hidden risks will have begun by the end of 2018 and completed by the end of 2020; and that of other large enterprises and particularly large enterprises will have been commenced by the end of 2020 and completed by the end of 2025.
In April, China witnessed year-on-year declines in both export volumes and export prices of PMIDA.
This article provides the ex-works prices of glyphosate products and related intermediates and raw materials in the first half of July 2020. The products involve glyphosate TC, glyphosate 41% IPA, glyphosate 50% SP, glyphosate 62% IPA, glyphosate 75.7% WSG, glycine, IDAN, DEA, PMIDA, yellow phosphorus, phosphorus trichloride and isopropylamine.
Table of Contents
Column 1 Company Dynamics
Hebang Bio-technology's PMIDA production and sales predicted discouraging in H2
Weifang Rainbow purchases glyphosate TC to remain normal production
China's main glyphosate producers remain normal production with flooding
Column 2 Market Analysis
Early July sees stagnant glyphosate sales
China achieves reasonable glyphosate TC production and sales in H1
China's yellow phosphorus prices recover in mid-July
China's phosphorus chemical market with flooding
Column 3 Registration
Zhejiang Wynca renews ammonium glyphosate*diuron 80% WG registration
Column 4 Policy Dynamics
China to continue encouraging chemical enterprises to move into parks
Column 5 Import and Export
China's PMIDA exports fall in April
Column 6 Brief News
Jiangyin Suli to register new glyphosate-containing formulation
Mexico to ban glyphosate by 2024
India proposes to restrict glyphosate use
Zhejiang Wynca wins second prize for scientific and technological progress
Hebang Bio-technology remains normal glyphosate production under flooding
MOA releases Notice of Effectively Conducting the Dispatching of Pesticide Production
Shandong's strict investigations into illegal production acts
Jiangsu Good Harvest-Weien benefited from export refund service
ADAMA achieves sales growth in H1
Jiangsu checks more than 1.70 million small chemical enterprises
Column 7 Price Update
China's ex-works price of glyphosate TC in first half of July 2020
China's ex-works price of DEA on 25 July, 2020
China's ex-works price of PMIDA on 25 July, 2020
China's ex-works price of glycine on 25 July, 2020
China's ex-works price of IDAN on 25 July, 2020
China's ex-works price of phosphorus trichloride on 25 July, 2020
China's ex-works price of isopropylamine on 25 July, 2020