Kline FlashPoint Report Identifies Opportunities in Chinese Asphalt Market

- Massive Infrastructure Expansion Is Paving the Way for Growth -

Dec 19, 2007, 00:00 ET from Kline

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- While global demand for
 asphalt is growing at less than 3% annually, demand in China has been
 growing at over 12% and is currently over 11 million metric tons per year,
 according to according to analysts at Kline, an international consulting
 and research firm. The recently published FlashPoint report, Opportunities
 for Asphalt in Asia: Paving a Path to Growth, provides insight into current
 and future trends in the asphalt business throughout the Asia Pacific
     "China is emerging as the world's largest consumer of asphalt, and its
 state-run production plants are ramping up to keep pace with demand," says
 Nancy Mills, FlashPoint project manager. "Continual infrastructure
 development is expected to take place over the next 30 years, so the door
 is wide open for companies to gain a foothold in the market. While we don't
 see a commercial opportunity in China for refining, there are opportunities
 in the areas of distribution, production of the bituminous mixture, and
 other businesses related to asphalt."
     Despite more than doubling its annual production over the last few
 years, China remains unable to meet its own demand and still imports more
 than 20% of the asphalt it consumes, according to Kline's report.
     The report also points to the major national and pan-national road-
 building projects across Asia that are opening opportunities all along the
 asphalt value chain. "India recently announced the use of asphalt instead
 of concrete for some major projects," Mills added.
     Kline's FlashPoint series helps clients make critical decisions about
 how to respond to market opportunities and issues as they unfold. For more
 information about Opportunities for Asphalt in Asia: Paving a Path to
 Growth, go to www.klinegroup.com/reports/f0709.asp.
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