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Polymers and Plastics

Plastics Recycling: Impact on the Polymers Industry in Asia Pacific – Volume I: China, Japan and Australia

This report examines the impact of the recycling of plastics on virgin plastics demand in Asia Pacific, with a focus on China, Japan and Australia. It also provides insight into the recycling value chain, including an analysis of the industry structure, key players and acquisitions. An overview of the recycling initiatives and players in South East Asia is also included.
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Polymers and Plastics

Sorting through Plastic Waste – Is Chemical Recycling a Solution?

This report examines the technical, economic and business aspects of chemical recycling of PET, PS and mixed plastics (plastics to fuel). Selected technology developers of chemical recycling are profiled and ranked under different criteria. The economics for chemically recycling several types of plastic waste are provided for different geographic regions, and compared to the production of virgin material by conventional technology. In addition,  the report includes an analysis of the MSW stream and the economics for the incineration of waste with energy recovery.
Jan 2019
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Oil, Gas and Refined Products
Petrochemicals

White Paper: Electric Vehicles – Disruptions in the Chemicals and Refining Industries

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have gained significant momentum in recent years, supported by regulatory incentives, changing consumer perception and the willingness of much of the auto manufacturing industry to throw its weight behind the development of affordable electric models in large numbers.  So, how will the growth of EVs impact the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical/ polymers industries?  Will supply be able to adapt fast enough or become a limiting factor in EVs growth?   
Dec 2018
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Oil, Gas and Refined Products

Vehicle Electrification: Impact on the Refining Sector

The emergence and rapid growth of electrically-powered road vehicles has become a key issue for consideration when assessing the outlook for refined products demand.  At this early stage of development, forecasts of the extent to which electric vehicles will play a role in future transport fleets vary widely, thanks to a complex set of interdependent market drivers, each of which is subject to considerable uncertainty.  Based on these varying drivers, this report will provide a range of scenarios for EV fleet growth, and assess their potential impact on the consumption of gasoline and diesel.
Dec 2018
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Polymers and Plastics

Plastics Recycling: Impact on the Polymers Industry in Western Europe and the United States

This report analyzes the impact of the recycling of plastics on virgin plastics demand in Western Europe and the United States  It will also provide insight into the recycling value chain, including an overview of the industry structure, key players and acquisitions. Recent changes in legislation, including China, will also be highlighted in the report.
Dec 2018
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Polymers and Plastics

Plastics in the Automotive Industry - Which Materials Will Be the Winners and Losers?

This report examines the main polymers used in automotive production and how their usage is likely to evolve over the next ten years, in response to key trends such as lightweighting, emergence of high performance polymers and new manufacturing techniques. Forecasts of plastics consumption through 2025 are provided for the major global regions under different scenarios for electric vehicle penetration.
Dec 2018
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Inorganic Chemicals and Fertilizers

White Paper: Carbon Dioxide Dosing, Water Desalination and Carbon Capture for Greenhouses

CO2 dosing can be highly beneficial to greenhouse crop yields.  This white paper covers some of the environmentally-friendly ways that CO2 dosing can be combined with geothermal energy, solar power and sea water desalination to allow nutritious fresh food to be grown in arid coastal areas around the world.  Carbon capture and re-use, from sources such as refineries and bio-renewable fuels facilities, is also highlighted to ensure the sustainability of this growing method. 
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Oil, Gas and Refined Products
Inorganic Chemicals and Fertilizers

Hydrogen: Realistic Game Changer?

Although hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth, it does not exist in nature in in its pure form and needs to be extracted from different (often very strong) molecules (e.g. water or hydrocarbons).  This usually results in expensive (energy intensive) production economics.  This report examines possible demand scenarios where hydrogen will be adopted as an energy carrier in various “new” applications and what it will take to actually produce this amount of hydrogen from an economic and market perspective.  Conclusions are drawn on the realistic implementation of hydrogen as an energy carrier, especially in the transportation sector.
Nov 2018
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Inorganic Chemicals and Fertilizers

White Paper: Lithium - Emerging Lithium Extraction Technologies; Nemaska Lithium leads the charge

The revolution in battery technologies has caused a sharp acceleration in the demand growth for lithium and the trend is expected to continue.  Producers and technology licensors have invested significantly in the development of newer lithium extraction technologies.  Nexant provides a brief analysis of the emerging technologies and a more in-depth case study looking at Nemaska Lithium.

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