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G20 and the impact on China’s polyester chain

G20 and the impact on China’s polyester chain

Report summary

Hangzhou sits in one of the most industrialised provinces of China, Zhejiang. The explosive growth in the economy over the past twenty years has resulted in the proliferation of industrial complexes including refineries, petrochemical plants and steel mills, in Zhejiang and neighbouring Jiangsu provinces. It is with this in mind that since early 2016, the central government in Beijing, in conjunction with the local authorities in Zhejiang and neighbouring Shanghai and Jiangsu, have requested enterprises to help play the role of a good host for the string of G20 meetings.

This insight report discusses the ways in which such shut downs will affect the polyester value chain in China, and the likely implications on polyester supply and demand in Asia for the coming months. Use it to sharpen your commercial planning and understand the likely supply/demand patterns that will shape polyester prices into the coming autumn.

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This insight report reviews how the recent G20 meetings will affect the polyester industry in China, where a number of facilities in Hangzhou elected to shut down during the meetings in order to improve the air quality for visiting dignitaries.

For participants, suppliers and advisors who want to take a one-off look at how the geopolitical context will affect polyester supply and demand in China, this report gives you a detailed perspective that helps inform your immediate decision making.

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  • G20: why it matters to China’s polyester industry
  • Who’s cutting what, where and how much, how long?
  • After G20: it should all bounce back, but just how strongly?
  • Impact on Polyesters
  • Impact on PTA and paraxylene
  • Impact on MEG
  • Post G20: still all the way down for China’s polyester industry?
  • Appendix 1
  • Appendix 2
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