China“s chemical production maintains upward trend

China“s chemical production maintained a rising trend in 2001, according to the State Economic and Trade Commission. Affected by the international market, the output of organic products dropped sligh…

China“s chemical production maintained a rising trend in 2001, according to the State Economic and Trade Commission. Affected by the international market, the output of organic products dropped slightly in the second half of 2001 and that of inorganic products continued to rise. Statistics show that the output of ethylene reached 4.3982 million tons in the first 11 months of 2001, up 1.17% over the same period in the prior year. The output of propane reached 4.3739 million tons, up 1.14%, whilst that of formaldehyde stood at 2.1194 million tons, up 9.21 per cent. The output of caustic soda reached 6.7316 million tons, up 10.93%. That of soda ash stood at 8.2226 million tons, up 8.08%. The output of pesticides was 646,800 tons, up 6.96%, whilst that of chemical fertilizers reached 31.0457 million tons, up 5.17%. The output of polyvinyl chloride came to 2.3672 million tons, up 19.54%. That of polyethylene reached 2.8707 million tons, up 1.50%. The output of polypropylene reached 2.9555 million tons, up 6.23%.