This TECH report focuses on the technology for the recycling of multilayer packaging, sorting of mixed plastics, compatibilization process and production of post-consumer plastics-asphalt mixtures. The report provides an estimate of the cost of production for sorting of mixed plastic waste using NIR, Laser, electrostatic separation, and the compatibilization process (for U.S. and Western Europe). Major suppliers for optical sorting equipment, major suppliers of compatibilizers, and technology holders for selective dissolution process are profiled.
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This techno-economic report focuses on cryogenic and non-cryogenic air separation technologies that separate air into commodity gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and argon. Five players dominate the global market, but many regional suppliers also compete on a local level, providing consumers with many supply choices. The report profiles the major global licensors, describes cryogenic and non-cryogenic technologies to produce oxygen and nitrogen, provides process economics for different production routes, and summarizes commercial applications and market drivers for air separation gases.
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.
This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of acrylic acid and esters. The report provides crude and glacial acrylic acid and commodity acrylates economics for several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia) under a consistent first quarter 2019 price scenario. Regional market analyses for acrylic acid and commodity acrylate esters are also included.
This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of Dimethyl Carbonate (DMC). The report provides DMC economics for several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe, China, and Japan) under a consistent first quarter 2019 price scenario. A regional market analysis is also included.
Polyesters are a family of materials made from a dicarboxylic acid and an alcohol with two or more hydroxy functionalities. The alternating reaction of a carboxylic acid and a hydroxy group, called a condensation reaction, yields a polyester. This report covers a number of specialty polyesters, including PETG, PTT, Copolyester (i.e. TRITAN) and a thermoplastic elastomeric polyester generically referred to as copolyester elastomer (COPE). PET and PBT are covered in separate TECH reports; PETG, PTT and Copolyester were selected for coverage as they are the largest volume materials of the remaining materials. COPE is covered due to its interesting properties and ongoing growth opportunities.
Acetal polymers, also known as polyoxymethylene (POM) or polyacetal are formaldehyde-based thermoplastics that have been commercially available for about 60 years. Polyformaldehyde (the homopolymer of polyacetal) is a thermally unstable material that decomposes on heating to yield formaldehyde gas. Two methods of stabilizing polyformaldehyde for use as an engineering polymer were developed and introduced by DuPont in 1959 and Celanese in 1962. This report outlines the Chemistry, Process Technology, Economics and Commercial aspects associated with the polyacetals.
The process technologies and production economics for polypropylene (PP) are presented. Gas phase and bulk processes from all major technology holders are reviewed. Cost of production economics have been developed for USGC, China, and Middle East locations. Demand by end-use, capacity, and supply/demand/trade data is provided on a global and tri-regional basis.
Process technologies for the production of small scale methanol and DME are presented. Coverage includes both commercial and developing small scale methanol and DME technologies. Key drivers for the development of small scale plants, such as supporting local demand, feedstock availability and options, and potential use as a marine fuel are discussed. Regional production economics for small scale methanol and DME technologies are included. Global and regional supply, demand, and trade for methanol and DME are also provided.
This report examines the technology, cost of production, environmental impacts & restrictions, and markets for the leading fluorocarbons that are widely utilized today, as well as the latest fluorocarbons that are being commercialized to replace legacy fluorocarbons that have negative environmental impacts.