Chemical manufacturing in Guangdong

September 4, 2007 ¨C by Ryan Beers

Companies seeking to produce products involving heavy chemicals or polluting processes in Guangdong need to carefully consider where to locate their operations. The traditional manufacturing centers are being cleaned up, and many manufacturing companies are moving further ¡°out of town¡± to in order to guarantee long term production.

Operators in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, and Guangzhou are increasingly experiencing difficulty in obtaining production licences and various approvals.

The upside is that cheaper land is up for grabs in these newer areas, local Government¡¯s are encouraging the investment, and companies have the safe knowledge that these areas will too soon enjoy infrastructure previously enjoyed only by the famous districts aforementioned.

For the residents particularly of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, these moves to re-locate polluting industry has seen more clear skies in the urban areas. I have seen only one really polluted day in Shenzhen this whole Summer.

2 Comment

  • 1.John Carapetis  |  September 6, 2007, 4:44 pm

    Shunde has long been a hub for scrap plastic traders and processors but local regulation has seen many close their doors or relocate to other parts of Guangdong or of my buyers is moving his entire operation to Vietnam.
    Short term pain for long term gain seems to be China's policy, but I still come back to HK coughing every time I visit GD.

  • 2. ryan beers  |  September 7, 2007, 9:24 am

    the deeper you go into Guangdong, and the more industrial the township, definitely the worse the pollution. but in the central areas where cosmopolitan societies are developing, the pollution is getting much better. i think personal traffic is what contributes mainly now, as opposed to smoke stacks and chemical flues.

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