Germanium falls under the category of scattered metal and it is widely applied
in hi-tech fields. With proved reserves of 8,600 MMT worldwide, germanium is
mainly found in countries like America, China and Canada. In particular,
germanium reserves in America makes up 45% of the world's total, followed by
China in which the proportion hit 41%. Usually, Germanium ore associates with
lead zinc ore; and the exploration of lead zinc ore is likely to pose grave
threat to the environment. Given the rigid environmental protection
regulations, America is a small germanium ore exploiter and producer, while
China produces 70% germanium of the global total.
The development of China germanium industry features a great many of primary
products and a small portion of intensive processing products. Given this, the
Chinese government has bolstered the development of top-grade germanium
products in recent years, vowing that deep-processing products of
monocrystalline germanium slices and germanium optical components can enjoy
17% and 15% export tax rebates, respectively. In response to the favorable
policy, flagship enterprises including Yunnan Lincang Xinyuan Germanium
Industry Co.,Ltd., Yunnan Chihong Zinc&Germanium Co., Ltd., and Nanjing
Germanium Technology are setting up downstream products manufacturing bases in
a successive way.
Export Rebate Rate of Germanium-related Products in China, 2013
|Germanium Optical Component||15%
|Monocrystalline Germanium Slices for Solar Cell Use||17%
Source: Customs; ResearchInChina,
Global and China Germanium Industry Report, 2012-2015
The report highlights the China and worldwide demand and supply of germanium
products, and conducts an in-depth survey on the financial situation and
development planning of leading industrial players at home and abroad on the
basis of the development of major germanium products breakdown markets of
As one of the world's most important germanium products manufacturers,
Umicore's? electro-optical materials business division is specialized in the
production of PV products, LED products substrates, optical materials, and
night-vision technology optical components.
Yunnan Lincang Xinyuan Germanium Industry Co.,Ltd. is the only listed company
primarily focused on the production of germanium products in China, featuring
the most complete germanium industrial chain and the largest amount of
germanium metal reserves. In 2013, the company is set to purchase ore
exploitation rights to integrate upstream resources. At the same time,
downstream germanium products processing projects of the company have been put
into production successively, including monocrystalline germanium slices for
solar cell use, germanium tetrachloride for optical fiber use and infrared
optical germanium lens.
STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
This report provides the industry executives with strategically
significantcompetitor information, analysis, insight and projection on
thecompetitive pattern and key companies in the industry, crucial to
thedevelopment and implementation of effective business, marketing andR&D
- To establish a comprehensive, factual, annually updated and cost-effective
information base on market size, competition patterns, market segments, goals
and strategies of the leading players in market, reviews and forecasts.
- To assist potential market entrants in evaluating prospective acquisition
and joint venture candidates.
- To complement the organizations' internal competitor information gathering
efforts with strategic analysis, data interpretation and insight.
- To suggest for concerned investors in line with the current development of
this industry as well as the development tendency.
- To help company to succeed in a competitive market, and understand the
size and growth rate of any opportunity.
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in preparing this
study. Initially, a comprehensive and exhaustive search of the literature on
this industry was conducted. These sources included related books and
journals, trade literature, marketing literature, other product/promotional
literature, annual reports, security analyst reports, and other publications.
Subsequently, telephone interviews or email correspondence was conducted with
marketing executives etc. Other sources included related magazines, academics,
and consulting companies.
The primary information sources include Company Reports, and National Bureau
of Statistics of China etc.