China Methanol Industry Report, 2007
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The production of methanol in China takes coal as the raw material. There are three main regions in China that produce methanol, South China, East China and North China. Production of the above mentioned three regions each takes 27.11%, 23.79% and 16.63% of the national total. In 2005, home yield of refined methanol amounted to 5.362 million tons, up by 21.62% year-on-year. The year 2006 saw a breakthrough in refined methanol production, and the yield hit 7.6225 million tons. 

There are now about 200 methanol producers in China but most of which are small sized and scatted. Only few companies have a capacity of 100,000 tons, namely Sinopec Sichuan Vinyion Factory, Daqing Oil Field Methanol Plant, Shanghai Coking and Chemistry Corporation. Shanxi Yulin Natural Gas Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, Changqing Oil Field and China Natural Gas Qinghai Branch. In 2006, home capacity of methanol amounted to 11.17 million tons. Besides, the import and export volume stood at 1.128 million tons and 0.19 million tons respectively in the same year. China has become the second biggest consumer of methanol around the world.

Equipments newly built in 2006 are relatively concentrated. And domestic production of methanol in 2006 hit 11.17 million tons, up by 21.16% year-on-year. But batch production didn't form until the end of 2006. The structure of methanol consumption in China is a bit similar to that of the foreign countries'. The biggest consumption field is to produce formaldehyde, taking 40% of total consumption. The second biggest consumption field rests with MTBE and acetic acid, a respective share of 6% and 7%. In recent years, the consumption of methanol fuel grows quite fast. In spite of no relevant laws and regulations, yet taking methanol as fuel has become one of main driving forces to methanol demand.

Main areas consuming methanol are East China and South China, where also collectively produce the downstream products like formaldehyde, MTBE, acrylic ester and acetic acid; while places mainly consuming methanol fuel are Shanxi and Henan provinces. As for methanol imports in 2005, Jiangsu province took the largest share of 62.28%, followed by Guangdong 28.28%, Fujian 4.11%, and Zhejiang 3.34%. The above mentioned provinces all lie in the east China and South China, and the structure of imports also shows the regional distribution of methanol consumption.

1. Overview of Methanol Industry
1.1 Definition, Classification and Usage
1.2 Technique Routes
1.3 Upstream Industries
1.3.1 Coal Industry
1.3.2 Natural Gas Industry
1.3.3 Heavy Oil Industry
1.4 Cost
1.4.1 Cost by Varied Production Techniques in China
1.4.2 Impacts from Rising Material Price on Cost 

2. Operation of China Methanol Industry and Market 2005-2006
2.1 Demand and Supply
2.1.1 Supply in Domestic Market
2.1.2 Consumption of Methanol in Downstream Industries
2.1.2.1 Formaldehyde
2.1.2.2 MTBE
2.1.2.3 Acetic Acid
2.1.2.4 Methanol Fuel
2.1.2.5 Pesticide
2.1.2.6 DMT
2.1.2.7 MTO
2.1.2.8 Other Industries
2.1.3 Transference of Demand for Methanol
2.2 Foreign Trade of Methanol
2.2.1 Import
2.2.2 Export
2.3 Competitiveness of Methanol Industry
2.3.1 Competitiveness of Industrial Equipment
2.3.2 Competitiveness of Production Techniques
2.3.3 Competitiveness of Market Demands
2.3.4 Competitiveness of Industrial Matching systems
2.3.5 Competitiveness of Distribution Channels 
2.3.6 Competitiveness of Energy/Material Consumption and Quality
2.3.7 Competitiveness of Supply and Price
2.3.8 Competitiveness of Production Circumstance

3. Development of China Methanol Gasoline Industry in 2006
3.1 Status Quo
3.1.1 Characteristics
3.1.2 Status Quo of Foreign Methanol Gasoline Industry
3.1.3 Status Quo of China Methanol Gasoline Industry
3.1.4 Status Quo of Producing Methanol Out of Coal in China
3.1.5 Demands from Domestic Automobile Industry
3.2 Main Factors that Influence the Industrialization of Methanol Gasoline
3.2.1 Lack of Publicizing
3.2.2 Limit from Price 
3.2.3 Barberries from Strategy
3.2.4 Challenges from Competitors
3.3 Trend of Methanol Gasoline Industrialization at Home in Next Few Years
3.3.1 Methanol Gasoline will take the Stage Center of Substitute Energy 
3.3.2 Mature Coal-to-Methanol Techniques Provide Mighty Support 
3.3.3 Domestic Methanol Fuel Companies have Gradually Taken the Leading Place

4. Development of China Methanol Fuel Battery Industry in 2006
4.1 Structure and Characteristics of Methanol Fuel Battery 
4.1.1 Characteristics 
4.1.2 Production Techniques
4.1.3 Development and Application of Methanol Fuel Battery Abroad
4.1.4 Status Quo of Methanol Fuel Battery in China
4.2 Main Factors Influence the Industrialization of China Methanol Fuel Battery
4.2.1 Production Techniques
4.2.2 Official Policies
4.2.3 Domestic Market
4.2.4 Market Demands
4.3 Demands from Downstream Industries
4.3.1 Status Quo of Electrical Bicycle in China
4.3.2 Status Quo of Electrical Automobile in China
4.3.3 Status Quo of Notebook Computer and Mobile Phone
4.3.4 Development trend of China Methanol Fuel Battery in Next Few Years 

5. Forecast of China Methanol Industry and Market 2006-2007
5.1 Domestic Methanol Industry in 2006
5.2 Influences from Domestic Industrial Policies
5.2.1 Influences from Energy Policy
5.2.2 Influence from Petroleum and Chemical Industry
5.2.3 Influences from Electrical Price and Water Price
5.2.4 Influences from Environment Protection Policy 
5.3 Impacts from Economic Environments at Home and Abroad 
5.3.1 International Economy Circumstance
5.3.2 Domestic Economy Circumstance
5.4 Forecast of Supply and demand in Domestic Methanol Market, 2007-2010
5.4.1 Forecast of Methanol Output 2006-2010
5.4.2 Forecast of Methanol Demand 2006-2010
5.4.3 Trend of Domestic Methanol Market in 2007 

6. Investment Opportunities and Risks in China Methanol Industry
6.1 Industry Maturity
6.1.1 Industry Concentration
6.1.2 Market Capacity
6.1.3 Development Prospect
6.2 Investment into Home Organic Chemistry
6.2.1Status Quo of Investment
6.2.2 Status Quo of Economic Benefits
6.3 Opportunities and Risks in Investment
6.3.1 Investment Opportunities 
6.3.2 Investment Risks
6.4 Competition Strategy
6.4.1 Key Factors to Success
6.4.2 Strengths 
6.4.3 Holdbacks
6.4.4 Competitive Strategy fit for the Development of China Methanol Industry

7. Analysis of China Methanol Industry, by Regions
7.1 Regional Distribution of China Methanol Industry
7.2 Shanxi Province
7.2.1 Supply and Demand
7.2.2 Development of the Industry in Shanxi
7.2.3 Eleventh Five Year Plan for the Development of Methanol Industry
7.3 Inner Mongolia 
7.3.1 Supply and Demand
7.3.2 Development of Methanol Industry in Inner Mongolia
7.4 Henan Province
7.4.1 Supply and Demand
7.4.2 Development of Methanol Industry in Henan
7.5 Other Regions and Areas

8. Key Methanol Companies in China
8.1 Shanxi Yulin Natural Gas Chemical Industry Co. Ltd
8.2 Sinopec Sichuan Vinyion Factory
8.3 Shanghai Coking and Chemistry Corporation
8.4 Daqing Oil Field Methanol Plant
8.5 Inner-mongolia Sugeli Petro-chemical Co., Ltd
8.6 Suiping Chemical Factory of Henan Lantian Group 
Industry Chain of Methanol
Low Pressure Method of ICI Company to Synthesize Methanol
Three Technique Routes of Coal-to-Methanol
Domestic Output of Coal Jan-Dec, 2001-2006, and Forecast of the Coming Two Years
Domestic Output and the YoY Growth of Natural Gas, Jan-Dec, 2001-2006
Supply and Demand of Heavy Oil (Fuel) in China Jan-Dec 2004-2006 
Output of Methanol in China Jan-Dec 2001-2006 
Output of Acetic Acid in China Jan-Dec 2001-2006 
Consumption of Acetic Acid in Downstream Industries in 2005
Import of Methanol in China, Jan-Dec 2001-2006
Import Unit Price of Methanol in China Jan-Dec 2001-2006
Export of Methanol in China, Jan-Dec 2001-2006 
Export Unit Price of Methanol in China, Jan-Dec 2001-2006 
Working Theory of Methanol Fuel Battery
Output of Electrical Vehicle in China 2003-2005 and Forecast of the Coming Four Years
Output of Automobiles in Five Big Countries and their Proportions to Global Total
Output of Micro Computer in China 2001-2005
Prototype of Battery Directly Taking Methanol as Fuel
Output of Mobile Phones in China 2001-2005 and the Demand for Battery
Growth of Smart Phones in Global Market 2005-2008(Forecast)
Price Trend of Methanol in Domestic Market Nov, 2005 - Nov, 2006 
Output of Methanol in China 2000-2005
Output of Methanol in China 2006-2010 (Forecast)
Consumption Structure of Methanol in China
Apparent Consumption of Methanol in China 1999-2005
Apparent Consumption of Methanol 2006-2010(Forecast)
Methanol Production Areas in China, 2006 and Their Proportion to National Total
Output of Methanol in Shanxi Province, Jan-Dec, 2002-2006
Output of Methanol in Henan Province, Jan.-Dec, 2002-2006
Output of Methanol in Shanxi Yulin Natural Gas Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, Jan.-Nov., 2003-2006
Output of Methanol in Sinopec Sichuan Vinyion Factory Jan-Dec 2003-2006  
Output of Methanol in Shanghai Coking and Chemistry Corporation Jan-Nov 2003-2006 
Output of Methanol in Daqing Oil Field Methanol Plant Jan-Dec 2003-2006 
Output of Methanol in Inner Mongolia Sugeli Natural Gas Jan-Dec 2003-2006 
Output of Methanol in Suiping Chemical Plant of Henan Lantian Group Jan- Dec 2003-2006 
Definition of Methanol and Physical Properties
Global Distribution of Methanol Production in 2005
Methanol Import & Export in Partial Countries and Areas and the Forecast, 2000-2010
Global Consumption Fields of Methanol in 2005
Location of Global Methanol Consumption Countries and Areas and their Proportion
Major Consumption Fields and Consumption Amount of Methanol in US 1990-2004
Proportions of Major Fields Consuming Methanol in US 2000-2004
Supply and Demand in Global Methanol Market 2003-2005
Amount Consumed in Major Methanol Consumption Fields in the World 2007-2010 (Forecast)
Supply and demand of Methanol in the World in 2005 and the Forecast 2010-2015
Balance between Supply and Demand in China Heavy Oil (Fuel) Market 2004-2006 Jan-Dec
Input and Output of Producing Synthesized Gas by Coal
Input and Output of Producing Synthesized Gas by Natural Gas & Steam Transforming Method 
Economic Analysis on Transforming Synthesized Gas into Methanol
Comparison of Producing Methanol from Coal Gas and Natural Gas
Partial Methanol Projects under Construction or Plan to be built, 2005-2008
Capacity of Methanol in China Jan-Dec 2002-2006 by Provinces
Output of Methanol in Key Enterprises of China 2003-2005
Output of Methanol in Key Enterprises of China 2006
Source Regions of Methanol Import of China 2001-2005
Source Countries of Methanol Import of China 2001-2005
Methanol Import of China, by Provinces 2002-2005
Methanol Export Regions of China 2001-2005 
Main Methanol Export Countries of China 2001-2005
Indices of Methanol Gasoline and National Standard Gasoline
Physical and Chemical Properties of Main Fuel Substitutions
Comparison of Clean Fuels (Natural Gas, Petrol Gas, Methanol, Ethanol and Diesel Oil) 
Prices of Gasoline and Methanol in Domestic Market in Recent Years
Strengths of Direct Methanol Battery in comparison to Li Battery
Total Automobile Output in China Jan-Dec 2001-2006 
Properties of Gasoline, Battery, Hydrogen Fuel and Methanol Fuel Electrical Bicycles
Waste Emission of Gasoline Engine, Battery Motivated and Methanol Fuel Battery Bicycles
Main (Accumulated) Indices of China Micro Economy 2004- First 3Q 2006
Industrial Concentration Degree in China Methanol Production Regions
Completion of Investment in Fixed Assets of Domestic Organized Chemical Manufacturing 2005-2006
Development Targets of Methanol Related Products in Shanxi in the End of Eleventh Five-Year Plan Period

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