Tight supply pushes up imidacloprid price in China
Jun. 22, 2011
Recently, imidaclopride has been reported to be in short supply in China. Many formulators are in vain in sourcing the active ingredients from local manufactures. The price of technical grade imidaclopride has grown by 10% from the first quarter of 2011, reaching RMB130,000 per ton.
The insufficient utilization is the main reason for the price increasing. In 2010 more than 60 manufactures have been registered in China to produce ais, totally production capacity reaching 250,000 Mt. The overcapacity suppressed the price of the ais, and the increasing production costs caused serious inversion, which resulted the shutting down of some manufactures in early of 2011. Rigorous environment regulations imposed by the government has further reduced the utilization rate of the capacities. It is estimated that only 5-6 ais producers are in normal production in 2011.
In addition, two important intermediates, NNI(2-Nitroaminoimidazoline) and ethylene diamine, which heavily rely on imports from German and Japan, their recently increase in price has pushed up the price of the insecticide as well.
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