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Jul 2019
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Specialty Polyesters (2019 Program)

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. 
Jun 2019
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Polyoxymethylene (Polyacetal) (2019 Program)

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.
Mar 2019
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Polymers and Plastics

Polypropylene (2019 Program)

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.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: Bio-Surfactants (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of renewable surfactants.  Technical and economic aspects of producing renewable surfactants are explored in detail as.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Dec 2018
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Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials
Petrochemicals

Specialty Styrenics (2018 Program)

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.
Dec 2018
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

Biorenewable Insights: Bio-Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs) (2018 Program)

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.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: Renewable Ammonia (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of renewable ammonia, through the production of renewable hydrogen.  Technical and economic aspects of producing renewable ammonia are explored in detail as.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: Polyurethanes (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of renewable polyurethanes, with a major focus on the feedstocks for polyurethanes—polyols and diisocyanates.  Technical and economic aspects of producing bio-based polyols and bio-based diisocyanates are explored in detail as well as some investigation of bio-based non-isocyanate routes to polyurethanes.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Dec 2018
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

Polyvinyl Alcohol (2018 Program)

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.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: 2,5 Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA).  Technical and economic aspects of producing FDCA through several different process routes including catalytic and enzymatic oxidation technologies utilizing different sources of sugar are explored in detail as well as unconventional technologies to produce FDCA such as the galactaric acid route.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.

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