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.
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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 provides an updated overview of the technological, economic and market aspects of selected specialty styrenics, including ASA, MBS, MABS, SMMA. Detailed cost of production estimates for various technologies are presented for USGC, China, Western Europe and Middle East.
Process technologies for the production of propylene are presented. Coverage includes prevalent byproduct sources of propylene such as conventional fluid catalytic cracking as well as enhanced FCC technologies, steam cracking, and fractionation. On-purpose propylene processes include propane dehydrogenation, methanol to olefins, methanol to propylene, and metathesis. Production economics for byproduct and on-purpose propylene technologies are included on a USGC, Middle East, Western Europe, and China basis. Global and regional supply, demand, and trade for propylene are also provided.
The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of superabsorbent polymers. Technical and economic aspects of producing SAPs through bio-based acrylic acid and non-acrylate based SAP routes are explored in detail. Technology developments, drivers for development, and commercialization timelines and obstacles are also explored.
The process technology and production economics for polyvinyl alcohol and its key raw material, vinyl acetate, are presented. Comparative cost of production estimates are developed for the USGC, China (acetylene and ethylene-based), Japan, Taiwan, and Western Europe. Global demand by application as well as tri-regional capacity and supply/demand/trade data is provided.
This technology report provides a comprehensive view of Linear Alkylbenzene (LAB) and Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) production technology. It includes detailed analyses of all the major technologies involved in both the production of LAB and its sulfonation to LAS, with both cost of production and sensitivity analyses. Additionally, industry trends, drivers and markets have been reviewed to provide an overview of the whole value chain.
This TECH report concerns toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a chemical used in the production of polyurethanes. An analysis of the chemistry, technology, markets, and process economics is given.
The process technology and economics for making polymer grade propylene via enhanced FCC processes are assessed. Several enhanced FCC technologies are described. FCC unit economics are compared for the enhanced FCC technologies versus conventional FCC operations with ZSM-5 additive.
This techno-economic report offers a review of chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of methyl methacrylate. The report provides economics for methyl methacrylate for several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia) under a consistent second quarter 2018 price scenario. The report also provides a regional market analysis.