|China's chemical industry's output up 8.8% in Jan-Feb
The value-added output of China's chemical industry rose 8.8% year on year in the first two months of this year, according to figures released by the National Development and Reform Commission.
The growth rate for the two-month period was 3.3% lower than it realized in the same period of 2014.
During the period from Jan to Feb, the output of ethylene grew 5.7% year on year to 2.95 million tons, and those of plastics in primary form rose 12.9% to 11.55 million tons.
The country’s synthetic rubber output increased 6% to 899,000 tons during the period and its synthetic fiber output increased 15.4% to 6.29 million tons.
In the first two months of this year, China produced a total of 4.94 million tons of caustic soda, reflecting a year on year decrease of 0.4%, while the output of soda ash and calcium carbide reached 4.37 million tons and 3.96 million tons, up 2.1% and 6.7% from a year earlier, respectively.