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BUSINESS Market survey: China Development of the composite market in China The business scope of CNBM covers from the design, manufacturing and sales of new building materials, chemical building materials, cement, composite materials, glass, etc. to the distribution of building materials, scientific research and design, real estate development, import and export trade, consulting service AN INTERVIEW WITH Zhiping SONG CHAIRMAN OF CHINA NATIONAL BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP CORP. LTD (CNBM) JCM: In your opinion, what is driving the composite market in China today? Mr. Z.P Song: Well, to put it simply, the . acceleration of the industrialization process in China, the demand generated by domestic growth, and the increase of exports are the main forces driving the development of the Chinese composite market. According to statistics, China has become the largest producer and consumer of unsaturated polyester resin and epoxy resin in the world. In 2006, the unsaturated polyester resin output was 1.03 million tons, epoxy resin was 520,000 tons, and glass fibre reached 1.2 million tons. This is equivalent to the production level of the USA in 2004. Composite materials have developed rapidly with a double-digit annual growth rate. China’s composite output reached 2.26 million tons including 1.4 million tons of thermoset composite materials, 480,000 tons of thermoplastic composite materials and 380,000 tons of copper-coated laminates, ranking second in the world after the USA. Composite product sales in China were approximately USD6.95 billion. It should be noted that the price of FRP products remained very low for many years, about one fourth of international prices, hindering the healthy development of the Chinese composite industry. With the rapid growth recorded over the past decades, the applications for composite materials are also expanding rapidly in China. At the moment, composite materials have thousands of applications in industries such as automotive, aircraft, boats, construction, aerospace, wind energy, offshore oil/gas, pressure vessels, national defence and sports goods. The launch of the Chinese-manned space shuttle and large aircraft programmes provide great opportunities for the development of advanced composite materials and related technologies, which will lead to technological progress and product upgrading in the composite industry. China’s scientific development and sustainable development strategy herald a bright future for the development of energy-saving and environmentallyfriendly composite products, such as those used in desulphurization engineering, CNG gas bottles, wind turbine blades, methane tanks and recyclable thermoplastic auto parts. It is estimated that the average annual growth rate of wind power in China will be more than 40% over the next few years. The increasing demand for composite materials for wind power applications should not be neglected. Tariffs have reduced since China became a member of the WTO, which helps Chinese composite companies to import highquality raw materials, introduce advanced technology and equipment, and export composite products and equipment. At the moment, many composite products are being exported to Asia, Africa, Europe and America, and the equipment being exported is rather competitive and wellaccepted by international markets. The expanding domestic demand and sustained export increase are two important engines driving the development of Chinese composite materials. JCM: You are a leader in this business. Can governmental policies influence the development of the composite market? Mr. Z.P Song: Whether in China or in any . other country, the orientation of governmental policies always tends to affect the development of the composite market. The Chinese government has been advocating an economical society, encouraging environmental protection and the development of clean energy. Stepping back in time, China’s macro-policy has always provided ample room for the development of the composite market. Take the rotor blade market for example. China voted in a renewable energy law on January 1st, 2006, triggering the fast development of the wind energy industry. China’s new installed capacity for wind energy reached 1,347 MW in 2006, more than twice the past total installed capacity. The total installed capacity has now reached 2,604 MW, making China the sixth largest market in the world. Therefore, the fast development of wind energy provided a vast market for the composite rotor blade industry. In this field, the National Development and Reform Commission intends to generate a JEC Composites Magazine / No35 September 2007

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #35 - September 2007

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NEWS WORLDWIDE
- Companies
- Agenda of events
- 2008 JEC Singapore
BUSINESS
- Market survey
- Niche markets
- Trends
- Human capital
FEATURE - MARINE
- Market
- Raw Materials
- Process
- Application
USERS’ PLATFORM
- Composites in the world
- Successful partners
- Applications
KNOW-HOW
- Warp knitting technology
- Testing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #35 - September 2007 - - Composites in the world
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