PODCAST: As China moves to PP self-sufficiency, expect scramble for global market share

Will Beacham


BARCELONA (ICIS)–China may become self-sufficient in polypropylene (PP) from 2022, raising the prospect of a scramble for market share globally and a possible price war.

  • China will become self-sufficient in PP from 2022
  • China PP demand will grow by 3% in 2022, capacity by 11%
  • For 2020, China had net PP imports of 6.1m tonnes
  • As China becomes exporter, expect battle for market share, possible price war
  • International Energy Agency report shows Europe, China driving surge in renewable power
  • Renewables will form 95% of new electricity additions from now until 2026
  • By 2026 renewables will equal fossil fuel for power generation
  • Transition from world scale to local chemical production will be a huge challenge

In this Think Tank podcast, Will Beacham interviews ICIS Insight Editor Nigel Davis, ICIS Senior Consultant Asia John Richardson and Paul Hodges, chairman of New Normal Consulting.

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Editor’s note: This podcast is an opinion piece. The views expressed are those of the presenter and interviewees, and do not necessarily represent those of ICIS.

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