Chinese Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) consumption more than trebles in 2014

Rebecca Hayward - 20 April 2015

Integer Research's Beijing office updated its Chinese Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) (or AdBlue® as it is known in China) market estimate in April 2015 and found that both DEF production and consumption increased by more than 200% year-on-year in 2014, albeit from a very small volume in 2013. Chinese DEF consumption totalled just over 111,000 tonnes, up 236% compared with 2013, driven by a strong government push for China IV, equivalent to the US EPA 2007 emissions standard.

According to Integer's research, there were about 100 DEF producers in 2014, which is double the number reported in 2013. In 2014, Kelas was still the largest DEF supplier, holding a market share of 45%, followed by Sichuan Meifeng, Yitong Environment and Tianjin Yuetai. However, we noted that most Chinese DEF producers operate on a small scale, with average monthly sales lower than 20 tonnes.

China has been the biggest automobile sale market in the world since 2009. There are about 3 million heavy-duty trucks registered in China. Assuming all heavy-duty trucks used 1-2 tonnes of DEF per year, Chinese DEF consumption could hit 6 million tonnes per year in the future, showing there is room for strong DEF growth in China.

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