After years of development and experiencing the famous 337 patent lawsuit, China has become one of the world's most important production countries of sucralose. In the past few years, China's sucralose production has been expanding rapidly attracted by the world's growing demand. Many producers expanded their sucralose capacity and several new producers joint the production in recent years. What's more, the future expansion of sucralose production is estimated to be even faster than before. With expanding capacity and an increasing number of producers, competition in China's sucralose market is becoming increasingly intense. What has happened in the sucralose market? How is the current competition structure of sucralose in China? Who are the leading producers? How about the future expansion plans of sucralose in China? Along with the fast expansion of sucralose capacity, what is the future relationship between supply and demand in the sucralose market? What kind of production technology is adopted in the production? How about the technical level and production cost? Which producers have their own sucralose production technologies?
With relatively low price and improving product quality, China's export volume of sucralose has been increasing rapidly in the past few years. China's sucralose industry depends heavily on the demand from overseas market, and the export volume accounts for about 82.65% of China's total sucralose output in 2012. Where are the export destinations of Chinese sucralose? Which country's demand for Chinese sucralose has been the fastest-growing in the past few years? How does China's export price of sucralose change?
Though the application of sucralose is not quite wide in China yet due to its relatively high price over other sweeteners and limited promotion done by producers, the consumption of sucralose grows fast in China attributed to developing downstream industries and people's rising recognition of healthy low-sugar foods. How do sucralose's downstream industries develop in China? What is the current consumption pattern of sucralose in China? What is the consumption trend?
Besides the aspects mentioned above, what other changes in sucralose industry can be seen from 2011 to 2012? What will be the development trend of sucralose industry in China? You can find the answers in this report.
This report combines CCM's expertise in sucralose market research.
After several years of development and experiencing the famous 337 patent lawsuit, China has become one of the world's most important sucralose producting countries, exporting almost XXX% of its sucralose output to the overseas market. By the end of 2012, there were XXX active and XXX idle sucralose producers in China, with a total capacity of XXXt/a; the sucralose output witnessed a XXX% rise over 2011 thanks to an increasing demand from the overseas market and a lower price of Chinese sucralose over the foreign product. In 2012, China's sucralose production was mainly concentrated in Jiangsu, Fujian, Shandong, Jiangxi, etc. In the coming few years, the production expansion will continue and the total capacity will be XXXt/a in 2017, which will change the production distribution greatly.
There are four major raw materials included in the sucralose production: sucrose, methanol, N,N-dimethylformamide and chlorine. Since their supply is ample enough to meet the demand from sucralose production, the price change of these four raw materials is the major influencing factor for sucralose's production cost.
There are two production pathways to synthesize sucralose, namely the chemical pathway and the biological pathway. All the Chinese sucralose producers adopt a mature chemical pathway for their production and most of them have registered production patents on the sucralose production. The biological pathway is hard to be applied industrially due to its high production cost and complicated refinery process. Thus, none of Chinese producer uses this method for the sucralose production. The monoester synthesis method and the hologroup protected synthesis method are the two chemical pathways for sucralose production in China; the latter is unwelcomed among Chinese producers because of its high requirements of facilities and complicated process.
In 2008-2012, China's sucralose consumption has grown fast from XXX tonnes to XXX tonnes. Though the application is still limited by now compared with that of developed countries, the domestic market prospect of sucralose is estimated to be promising. The domestic consumption of sucralose will enter a stable development period in coming five years. Foods and beverages are the major end users of sucralose in China. In the food industry, seasoning is its largest consumption field, while in the beverage industry, liquid milk & milk beverage, carbonated beverage, juice beverage and functional beverage are the top four consumption fields. Moreover, sucralose can be also used in pharmaceuticals and other products.
With a relatively low price and improving quality, China's sucralose export has been growing fast in the past few years and the overseas market is quite important for China's sucralose industry. In 2012, the export volume of domestic sucralose was about XXX tonnes, which is about XXX times more than that in 2011 and accounts for about XXX% of the total sucralose output in China. The top three export destinations of Chinese sucralose are the US, the Netherlands and the UK, which accounted for over XXX% of China's total export volume in 2012. JK Sucralose, Changzhou Niutang and Ji'an New are the top three producers of Chinese sucralose, and they produced nearly XXX% of China's total sucralose export volume in 2012.
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