Hydrogen Peroxide (2019 Program)
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most powerful oxidizing agents known. Global demand is forecast to grow by 4.7 percent per annum on average, well above GDP level. Nearly all capacity is based on the anthraquinone auto-oxidation process. However, most R&D efforts are directed toward developing a direct synthesis route (i.e., without the use of an anthraquinone working compound). Thus, the cost of production via those routes for plants located in the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East, and China has been estimated for the second quarter of 2019. Nexant also commented on the motivations behind the recent capacity additions and provided a high-level analysis of the business and strategic considerations as well as the technology availability from the perspective of a company entering or expanding into the hydrogen peroxide market. This analysis is underpinned by a review of end-use sector consumption as well as regional market dynamics.