China's perfumery industry continued to drop in 1990 after two successive years of decline in production. While there has been an increase in the quality and variety, there has been a drop in the production level. According to China Perfume, Essence and Cosmetics Industry Association, China last year produced 18,397 tons of essential oils and 17,156 tons of aromatic chemicals, respectively a decrease of 5 and 7% compared with the previous year.
The decrease in the production of essential oils and aromatic chemicals was mainly became of a lack of raw materials resulting from the fact that farmers have now found more profitable crops to grow than those essential to the perfume industry, accorrding to Liu Shuquan, secretary general of China Perfume, Essence and Cosmetics Industry Association. Production of many items has been given up as a result.
While output of essential oils and aromatic chemicals have dropped, great improvement has been made in the quality and variety of these products. It is estirniated that more than 800 varieties of aromatic chemicals are now produced in China, 200 more varieties than in 1987.