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Chinese coal tar market study 2020 - 2025

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World Coal,

The ‘China Coal Tar Industry Report, 2020 - 2025’ report has been released by

Coal tar is a thick dark liquid which is a by-product of the production of coke and coal gas from coal. It can be classified by the dry distillation temperature into low-temperature coal tar, medium temperature coal tar and high temperature coal tar; wherein high-temperature coal tar enjoys the highest share.

This report highlights the following:

  • Chinese coal tar market (demand and supply, import and export, competitive pattern, price trend and development forecast).
  • Chinese coal and coke markets (demand and supply, import and export and price trend).
  • Chinese market of coal tar deep-processed products like phenol oil, industrial naphthalene and coal tar pitch (demand and supply, import and export, and price trend).
  • 14 global and Chinese coal tar processing enterprises (operation, coal tar business, development forecast, etc.).

Production in the coking industry has been restricted and backward capacity faster eliminated since 2016 when the supply-side reform and nationwide environmental campaigns were underway. In 2018, China's coke output reached 438.2 million t and edged up 0.8% on an annualised basis; the output of coal tar totalled 18.06 million t with a y/y decrease of 1.5%. From January to November 2019, China's coke output showed a like-for-like rise of 5.9% to 433.28 million t. If the share of coal tar production is considered, the supply of coal tar in 2019 would remain at 19.65 million t.

In China, Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong, Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia are the origins of coal tar, of which Shanxi province's coal tar output in 2018 accounted for 21% of the national total.

In China, coal tar gets deep processed into phenols, naphthalene, wash oil, anthracene and asphalt and is also used to produce carbon black, for both of which consumption of coal tar in 2018 made up 74.7% and 22.2% respectively. In 2019, the coal tar deep-processing capacity in China would be up to 25.5 million t in comparison with the market demand only standing at 11.7 million t or so, showing still huge overcapacity.

Competition between the players in the Chinese coal tar deep-processing industry ever pricks up, and the CR10 of the industry is below 30%. This report focuses on the eleven companies such as Shanxi Coking Co., Ltd., Kailuan Energy Chemical Co., Ltd., Baowu Carbon Material Technology Co., Ltd, Baotailong New Materials Co., Ltd. and Jinneng Science & Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Coking Co., Ltd., as a coal coking industry chain extension demonstration base of Shanxi Coking Coal Group Co., Ltd., now boasts production facilities with annual capacities up to coke 3 600 000 t, coal tar processing 300 000 t, coke oven gas to methanol 350 000 t, crude benzol refining 100 000 t and carbon black 80 000 t as well as 45 product varieties like metallurgical coke, methanol, industrial naphthalene, coal tar, coking benzene, modified coal tar pitch and carbon black.

Kailuan Energy Chemical Co., Ltd., situated in Tangshan city, Hebei province, China, is primarily engaged in coal mining, raw coal washing and processing, coking as well as the production and sales of coal chemicals. It is now capable of annually producing 7 200 000 t of coke, 200 000 t of methanol, 300 000 t of tar processing, 200 000 t of benzene, 150 000 t of adipic acid and 100 000 t of methanol gasoline.

Baowu Carbon Material Technology Co., Ltd under Baowu Steel Group dedicates itself to the development of the new coal-based materials industry, with its manufacturing bases spreading in East China, South China and North China. It is capable of annually processing 1 650 000 t of coke tar and 350 000 t of crude benzene and producing 340 000 t of carbon black, 350 000 t of modified coal tar pitch and 100 000 t of ultra high power electrode (under construction).

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