Vertical integration key to China’s fluorochemical expansion

By Shruti Salwan
Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015

End-Market Analysis: Sourcing raw material from a cheap labour and low-production cost base has prompted China’s downstream expansion as vertical integration boosts the country’s acidspar demand with growing consumption rates.

China’s development of its downstream fluorspar markets through value addition have become evident through its constantly growing hydrofluoric acid (HF) and aluminium fluoride (AlF3) exports, which were up by 12% and 18% y-o-y respectively last year.

Exports of HF increased by 110% between 2009 and 2014, while international sales...

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