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Insight | Time: Dec 10 2021 9:46AM  Editor:CCFGroup
Polyester value chain: the influence of recent pandemic in Zhejiang
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Ningbo, Shaoxing and Hangzhou of Zhejiang saw new COVID-19 infections again recently and the epidemic prevention and control are also being escalating. Starting from 2: 00 on December 7, 2021, Ningbo launched a level I emergency response and temporarily implement closed management in Zhenhai district. Shaoxing upgraded its COVID-19 emergency response to the highest level on the afternoon of Dec 9. 

The specific proportion of Ningbo, Shaoxing and Hangzhou on polyester value chain is listed as follows: 

Polyester and feedstock capacity in Ningbo, Shaoxing and Zhejiang
Region Product Proportion of national total
Ningbo, Shaoxing and Hangzhou PX 35%
PTA 18%
MEG 6%
Polyester 20%
Ningbo PX 35%
PTA 16%
MEG 6%
Polyester 3%
Shaoxing PX No PX capacity
PTA 2%
MEG No MEG capacity
Polyester 7%
Hangzhou PX No PX, MEG and PTA capacity
Polyester 10%


According to the development of the Covid-19 and the need for prevention and control, as of 16:00 on December 9, only Zhenhai District of Ningbo and Shangyu District of Shaoxing initiated level 1 response. There are two PX units in Zhenhai: Sinopec ZRCC, Zhongjin PC; 1 PTA unit: Yisheng New Materials; 2 MEG units: ZRCC and Fund Energy. There are no polyester units in Zhenhai; there are no polyester feedstock and product units in Shangyu District of Shaoxing.

By Dec 9, the operating rate of polyester feedstock and polyester products producers was unchanged temporarily. Only Yisheng New Material's PTA unit cut run rate. ZRCC's unit turned to produce MEG due to short demand for EO, with MEG production at full capacity. 


Shaoxing also launched a level I emergency response on Dec 9. Therefore, the operation of polyester units in Shaoxing may be impacted in the future. 


The ports in Shangyu District of Shaoxing and Zhenhai District of Ningbo all suspended delivering as of P.M. 4:00 on Dec 9. The entry and exit will be impacted in factories near Ningbo, Shaoxing and Hangzhou as all the drivers need to provide nucleic acid test within 48 hours or tour code.  


The situation is escalating with the spread of pandemic, not ruling out the regulation of transportation and production being intensified in these 3 regions, which will have bigger influence on the factories on the polyester value chain.

Feedstock inventory of factories may be inadequate when the speed of goods delivery turns slower. Factories may see mounting stocks. As a result, the operating rate of plants is expected to be impacted and the influence on the downstream market will be bigger than that on upstream market.

Players turn to concern the impact of demand from the influence on the feedstock supply as the pandemic prevention and control is escalating.

Except for the spread of pandemic, rising cost and sluggish downstream demand will be also influential in short run. It will have support from cost side in short term as crude oil price is increasing in recent one week. As for demand, with the coming of Spring Festival (Feb 1), the operating rate of downstream plants is decreasing. By Dec 9, the operating rate of DTY plants, fabric mills and printing and dyeing plants was at 80%, 64% and 64% respectively, lower than the average level year to date. 

[RISK DISCLAIMER] All opinions, news, analysis, prices or other information contained on this report is provided by analyst of Zhejiang Huarui Information Consulting Co., Ltd (CCFGroup) as general market commentary and does not constitute investment advice. CCFGroup will not accept liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation to, any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on such information.
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