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Market Analysis of the Coating Industry in China

China is a major producer of paints which supplies a considerable share of paints in the world. Key paint production hot spots were identified as Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Hunan and Shandong provinces and cities. The cost of removing existing decorative lead paint from surfaces in homes, schools, and other buildings is significant. By comparison, the cost for eliminating the use of lead compounds in new decorative paints is low and alternatives to lead additives are available for all types of paints. Many manufacturers have successfully reformulated their paint products to avoid the intentional addition of lead. However, the continued use of lead paint around the country remains a significant source of human exposure. In this context, China has formulated and promulgated a range of policies and regulations on the elimination of lead paint, and the total lead limit shall apply to most of the paints from 2020.

China National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC China) is a unit of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CREAS), one of the national government’s research institutes with a particular mandate for undertaking policy relevant research in environmental sciences, engineering and management. NCPC China has been selected as a project executing partner in Lead in Paint Component output 1.1 of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Global Environment Facility (GEF), to promote regulatory and voluntary action by government and industry to phase out lead in paint.

This document was prepared under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full sized project 9771: Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNEP and executed by the SAICM Secretariat.