Eshare China Industry Insights blog

China’s Paraquat Output to Grow at 5.8% CAGR during 2015-2019


China’s production of paraquat, one of the world’s most popular non-selective herbicides, will grow at a CAGR of 5.8% over the next four years, according to a new report by market intelligence firm CCM.


Rising exports


Increasing overseas demand will be the main driver of this growth, particularly due to the spread of no-till farming techniques.


Chinese paraquat exports have been increasing steadily in recent years; exports of 42% paraquat TK, for example, rose 35% between 2010 and 2014. The only decrease during this period was in 2014, when many Chinese pesticide companies concentrated on building up large inventories ahead of the ban on producing paraquat AS for domestic use, which came into effect in July 2014.


South America, South East Asia and (in the case of paraquat AS formulations) Africa have been the major markets Chinese paraquat during this period, and CCM predicts that this trend will continue in the future.


In 2014, the biggest export destinations for Chinese paraquat TK were Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Malaysia and Australia, with these countries accounting for 19%, 13%, 8%, 6% and 6% of exports respectively.


For paraquat AS formulations, meanwhile, the largest export markets were Nigeria (27%), Vietnam (10%), Thailand (9%), Ghana (8%) and Australia (4%).


Ban on domestic use of paraquat AS to halve domestic consumption


China’s paraquat industry has become increasingly dependent on exports – over 83% of the paraquat produced in China was exported in 2014, and this figure rose to 94% in Q1 2015.


And the industry will become even more oriented towards exports from July 2016, when a ban on the sale and use of paraquat AS in China will come into effect.


Actual domestic consumption of paraquat rose 11% during 2010-2014 to over 20,500 tonnes, but CCM forecasts that this figure will plummet by over 50% in 2016 following the introduction of the ban. However, consumption is likely to rebound from 2018 onwards as the prices of new formulations to replace paraquat AS decrease.


Increasing concentration of paraquat industry


China’s top five paraquat producers – Nantong Syngenta, Nanjing Redsun, Hubei Sanonda, Shandong Luba and Shandong Kexin – have become increasingly dominant since 2010. In that year, the five companies accounted for 76% of China’s paraquat exports, but by 2014 this had increased to 83%.


CCM predicts that further industry concentration will take place in the paraquat TK industry over the next four years thanks to Chinese government policy targeting increased investment in R&D and environmental protection measures among paraquat manufacturers, and restrictions on new market entrants.


More details on China’s paraquat market can be found in CCM’s new report, Production and Market of Paraquat in China. The report provides detailed historical data and analysis of how China’s paraquat industry has developed over the last fifteen years, and forecasts for the period 2015-2019.


The report includes in-depth analysis of:

  • Raw materials markets, including pyridine and methyl chloride
  • Production technologies used in China, including costs and R&D status
  • Paraquat registrations
  • Supply situation, including production capacity and output, industry concentration
  • Prices
  • Import/export of paraquat
  • Consumption, including analysis by application, region and crop
  • Development trends, including demand, policy and research on non-liquid formulations
  • Profiles of leading Chinese paraquat and pyridine manufacturers

For more information about CCM and our coverage of China’s pesticides market, please visit, or get in touch directly by emailing or calling + 86-20-37616606.


  • Reads
  • Permalink
Previous:Demand Forecast for Insecticides in 2015
Next:El Niño: 3 Reasons the Phosphate Fertilizer Industry Should Be Worried