Wednesday, July 11, 2012

China Releases 12th Five-Year Plan for Biological Material Industry

On June 6, 2012, the State Council published the 12th Five-Year Plan for the National Strategic Emerging Industries (the New Industries Plan). The 12th Five-Year means the period from 2011 to 2015. The New Industries Plan covers seven main industries and the energy-saving and environmental protection industry ranks the first. It said the country should promote cleaner production and low carbon technology, which will accelerate to form pillar industry. The biological Industry should meet the requirements of human health, agriculture development and resource & environment protection, according to CCM International’s July issue of Biomaterials China News.

After the release of the New Industries Plan, the 12th Five-Year Plan for Biological Material Industry (Biological Material Plan) was pushed out on June 8, 2012.

The Biological Material Plan covers almost all products of biological materials, such as bio-plastics, bio-based chemicals, biomass functional polymer materials, functional sugar products and wood-based engineered materials, which also makes it as the key to produce biological chemicals and materials that can replace traditional fossil oil products by high value of comprehensive utilization.

Biological Material Plan contains several targets.
1. To significantly enhance original innovation ability of biological base material industry;
2. To produce several biological new materials that the properties can be equal to fossil oil based products;
3. To construct several biological bases and chemical materials industrialized demonstration bases that the production cost will be economic and feasible;
4. To build a technology innovation and development platform for biological material industry.

Except for worrying about whether enterprises can bear the tasks, some experts also think that the Biological Material Plan didn't put forward specific measures to promote biological material products, and most of the supporting policies are just about macro concept, such as perfect related regulations, implement national investment subsidies and tax rebates. There are not actual benefit that can attract enterprises' invest. Mr. Zhu, a researcher from Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering (NIMTE), said that  the country must publish relevant preferential policies to stimulate enterprises' independent research ability.
Though the Biological Material Plan has a good blue print, whether related enterprises can bear the tasks is a question.

All of constructing biological material bases and enterprises will be the main body for the development of biological materials. Hong Chen, a researcher of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said that the number of domestic R&D person is seldom.  Qing Yan, a researcher NIMTE, said that the production and research of almost all domestic biological material enterprises are to imitate abroad hotspots at present, even if the reason for some enterprises to concern about biological material is just to speculate biological material market. What causes the domestic R&D status is not only the responsibility of enterprises. Mr. Hu, Chief Scientist of Wuhan Huali Environmental Technology Co., Ltd., thinks that China's technology system (including that of biological material) also has great shortages that research institutes attach too much importance to theoretical study and thesis. In fact, some technologies are hardly to be industrialized. Scientific research institutes should focus on some key technologies to meet the industrialized requirement of enterprises.

According to Yunfang Weng, General Secretary of Degradable Plastics Specialized Committee of China Plastic Association, the total output of domestic biologic materials is about 450,000 tonnes in 2011, up about 30% compared with that of year 2010. Though domestic biologic material industry develops rapidly, China still falls behind of them compared with that of the US and some other developed countries. However, China still has the chance to catch up with them under the support of Chinese government and enterprises.

Source: Biomaterials China News 1207

Main content of Biomaterials China News 1207:
Bamboo fiber becomes new supporting point of China's textile industry
China releases 12th Five-Year Plan for Biological Material Industry
Qianjiang Huashan strives to develop chitin industry
Shanxi Hongyuan puts bio-PA11 production line into trial production in May 2012
Cathay Biotech withdraws its IPO plans
Wuhan Huali looks for trash bag market actively
Hisun Pharmaceutical to expand its capacity of PLA to 35,000t/a
Price of ethylene glycol decreases seriously
More countries may export corn to China
China's PLA trade keeps similar as that of last month
… …

Biomaterials China News, with 12 to 14 topics in one issue, published on the 8th every month, will bring you the latest information on the latest market dynamics, company dynamics, new biomaterials products, new biomaterials technology development, new legislations and policies and raw material supply dynamics that are shaping the market.

About CCM
CCM is dedicated to market research in China, Asia-Pacific Rim and global market. With a staff of more than 150 dedicated highly-educated professionals. CCM offers Market Data, Analysis, Reports, Newsletters, Buyer-Trader Information, Import/Export Analysis all through its new proprietary product ValoTracer.
For more information, please visit
CCM International Ltd.
Guangzhou CCM Information Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
17th Floor, Huihua Commercial & Trade Mansion, No.80 Xianlie Zhong Road, Guangzhou 510070, China
Tel: 86-20-37616606

No comments: