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Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/15/2015 -- Global lactic acid consumption has been growing steadily and rapidly since 2008, and the market capacity has arrived at 800,000 tons in 2013. The United States is still the largest consumer market in the world, accounting for 31% of total lactic acid consumption in 2013; China surpassed Western Europe to become the second largest lactic acid market, with growth in consumption primarily benefiting from increasing demand in the food and beverage processing industry as well as robust export demand.
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PURAC, Cargill and Henan Jindan Lactic Acid Technology Co., Ltd. as the world's top three lactic acid manufacturers boasted a combined capacity of 505,000 tons in 2013. Cargill mainly supplies lactic acid products to its subsidiary - NatureWorks for production of polylactic acid.
Polylactic acid is one of the most potential applications of lactic acid. Since the smooth realization of industrial production in the 1990s, polylactic acid has seen incremental application in biomedicinel, automotive, electronics and other fields, accompanied by intensified development efforts in various countries. Currently, leading polylactic acid manufacturers are concentrated in the United States, the Netherlands, Germany and other developed countries.
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In 2013, global polylactic acid capacity hovered around 320,000 tons, of which 90% came from six major manufacturers. Natureworks as the largest one had an annual capacity of 150,000 tons and market share of 45.2%.
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Polylactic acid industry started relatively late in China, seeing gradual transition from laboratory to pilot industrial-production units only after 1990s. In 2014 China's polylactic acid capacity was approximately 13,700 tons, increasing by 4,800 tons over 2008. Most of the existing polylactic acid devices in China have small-scale production; the industry leader – Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd has an annual capacity of 10,000 tons, while others such as Henan Piaoan Group Co., Ltd. and Nantong Jiuding Biological Engineering Co.,Ltd. have never exceeded 1,000 tons.
Global and China Polyurethane Industry Chain Report, 2014-2017
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Polyurethane products, consisting mainly of polyurethane rigid foam, flexible foam, elastomer, coatings, adhesives and fiber, find widespread application in fields like construction, automobile, refrigeration, footwear, synthetic leather and fabric.
Global demand for polyurethane products approximated 20.30 million tons in 2014, with new demand largely coming from emerging markets including Asia Pacific and South America. Rigid foam and flexible foam hold the lion's share of demand for polyurethane products in the world, accounting for about 60% of total amount.
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China is the world's largest producer and consumer of polyurethane products. China's demand for polyurethane products took up about 45% of global total demand, and is expected to maintain a growth rate of 10% or so over the next couple years, with the share in global demand for polyurethane products rising to 55% by 2017.
Global and China Lithium Carbonate Industry Report, 2014
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Global lithium carbonate output grew by 10.57% year on year to 144,400 tons in 2013, and, driven by downstream demand, will maintain an upward momentum, with an estimated AAGR of around 10% over the next couple years, above 200,000 tons in 2017.
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Lithium carbonate is primarily used in lithium battery, which accounted for 29% of lithium carbonate application in 2014. In recent years, the development of electric vehicle (EV) posed new requirements on lithium battery and lithium carbonate, and the demand has kept rising. In 2014, the demand for lithium carbonate from global EV approximated 16,000 tons, 10% or so of total demand, and is projected to hit 27% in 2017. In addition to EV, the development of the industries such as consumer electronics, grid energy storage, mobile base stations and UPS will also stimulate the demand for lithium carbonate.
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