Will Gujarat gain from Beijing clean up?

China’s move to clean up Beijing ahead of the Olympics is likely to have far reaching repercussions for the Indian chemicals industry.

ICIS news reported today that the Chinese government was regulating the production and sale of more than 257 chemicals around Beijing – a move that could result in the closure of a number of plants.

The list includes basic petrochemicals such as propylene, ethylene and diethylene glycol as well as derivatives such as unsaturated polyester resin and other dyes.

It is quite obvious that this move will impact the market and create problems for Indian companies relying on Chinese intermediates.

But more interestingly, Chinese chemicals companies are scouting for alternative manufacturing locations and Gujarat is one of the favoured destinations, says the Business Standard. Recently, Ahmedabad-based Kiri Dyestuff tied up with Zhejijang Lonsen Co for a 180,000 tonnes/year intermediates plant in Gujarat. Other Chinese companies have also visited the state to evaluate investments, the report adds.

There is an opportunity for mid-sized Indian companies to expand through joint ventures with Chinese companies. But for non worldscale and uncompetitive small players, the Chinese threat would be moving closer.

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