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Acrylic Acid Market Shows Lucrative Growth Potential Despite Current Macroeconomic Turbulence

November 19, 2020

Acrylic acid is an important chemical compound, which acts as an element of extensive value chains with end uses in products like plastics, paints, textiles, lacquers, coatings, surfactants, adhesives, detergents, water treatment products, hygiene items, to name only a few. …

Polyphthalamide Market Remains Under Pressure from Global Macroeconomic Uncertainty

November 12, 2020

Polyphthalamide (PPA) represent a group of multi-functional thermoplastic synthetic resins, which belong to the class of crystalline semi-aromatic polyamides with aromatic groups in their polymer backbones. They, especially when blended with other polymers, demonstrate good dimensional and heat stability (it …

COVID-19 Impact on US Perchloroethylene Market

November 5, 2020

Perchloroethylene (PERC), also known as tetrachloroethylene or tetrachloroethene, is a versatile chlorinated hydrocarbon solvent. It is used for dry cleaning, metal degreasing, paint stripping, adhesive thinning, insulating and cooling (in electrical transformers), paper coating, leather/textile treatment, and other applications. It …

Ethylene Dichloride Market Demonstrates Complex Dynamics

October 28, 2020

Ethylene dichloride (EDC), also known as 1,2-dichloroethane, is inextricably embedded into the complex chlor-vinyls production networks, featuring a range of feedstock chemicals, intermediates, and end-use products. A key chain in these networks includes ethylene, chlorine, caustic soda, EDC, vinyl chloride …

Polybutylene Terephthalate Market Is Witnessing Unstable Recovery

October 19, 2020

Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) belongs to the class of polyesters within a broader category of polycondensates. Being a high-performance engineering plastic material with advanced parameters in rigidity and strength, abrasion/heat/hydrolysis resistance, processing capacity, flame retardancy, and dimensional stability, it is widely …

Magnesium & Its Compounds Market: Versatility, Innovation & Collaboration as Enablers of Good Prospects

October 8, 2020

Magnesium compounds, primarily magnesium oxide, are used mainly as refractory materials. The key refractory markets for magnesium oxide by industry are steel (about 70%), cement and lime, ceramics, metals, glass, chemicals, and others. The major producer of magnesium compounds is …

Carbon Black Manufacturers Show Strong Performance Despite Ongoing Crisis

September 29, 2020

Carbon black is a truly versatile commodity, though its functionality is mostly related to enhancing the performance of rubber products, predominantly in the sector of tire manufacturing and the automotive industry. This sector is now heavily affected by the economic …

Polyarylsulfones Market: Steady Development Amid Uncertainty

September 17, 2020

Amorphous polymers form an extensive group of chemical products of both low-performance (commodity types), mid-range, and high-performance character. The latter (i.e. high-performance amorphous polymers) constitute a small assortment of specialty polymers, which demonstrate high values of temperature resistance, as well …

Global Ammonium Nitrate Market: Good Prospects & Strong Fundamentals

September 8, 2020

The global ammonium nitrate market is currently performing well despite the serious economic crisis caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The wet winter season in Europe and North America means the necessity to maintain sufficient levels of nitrogen in soils, …

Increased Volatility of Global Ethylene Market

August 27, 2020

The current situation on the global ethylene market is somewhat similar to that which occurred during the 2008-2009 crisis, though the current COVID-19-induced crisis is much wider in scope. When economic conditions deteriorated severely at the end of 2008, the …

Fragile Equilibrium at Monoethylene Glycol Market

August 17, 2020

Ethylene glycols (mono-, di-, tri- and poly-) are vital as versatile intermediates used in a wide range of applications. They are central for the production of such important polymers as polyethylene terephthalate (used as polyester fibre and packaging products, e.g. …

Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymer Market Shows Resilience

August 6, 2020

The market for various copolymers of ethylene (ethene) with vinyl acetate is characterised by a significant degree of functional versatility owing to the intrinsic characteristics of these copolymers. Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers (EVA) can feature different ratios of monomers. So, modification …

Polyvinylidene Fluoride Market Demonstrates Strong Fundamentals

July 28, 2020

Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) belongs to the class of fluorine-containing polymers. When one evaluates the commercial volume of the market for fluorine-containing polymers, it is possible to ascertain that it is not particularly large as compared to that of other polymers, …

Varied Dynamics of Steel Markets

July 17, 2020

The global steel market, which is known to closely follow the macroeconomic trends, is inevitably impacted by the current economic slowdown, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (as of May 2020, total output in 64 leading crude steel-manufacturing countries was about …

Global Nitrobenzene Market Recovery Is Slow but Stable

July 7, 2020

Industrial manufacture of nitrobenzene began in the mid-19th century. Acting as an intermediate, it is tightly coupled with aniline and other downstream products since 95% of produced nitrobenzene is used for aniline production. Upstream-wise, nitrobenzene is the fourth largest outlet …

Dioctyl Phthalate Market: Can Challenges Outweigh Prospects?

June 24, 2020

Dioctyl phthalate [synonyms: DOP; bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate; di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate; DEHP] belongs to the class of phthalic acid esters (PAEs), which are mainly used in plasticizer-related applications in polymer products. Plasticizers are vital organic additives to polymers. Plasticizers are able to modify …

Liquid Crystal Polymers Market Is Affected but Shows Resilience

June 16, 2020

Liquid crystal polymers (LCP) represent a diverse group of polymer substances that, under certain conditions, form an additional phase, known as mesophase, (by a process known as mesomorphism), which is between an ordered solid body and a disordered liquid. So, …

Zeolites Market Demonstrates Mixed Dynamics

June 8, 2020

In the current turbulent environment, the market for zeolites demonstrates varied dynamics. For instance, Tosoh Corp. reports about the decline in the demand for zeolites in several sectors. The decline primarily relates to high-silica zeolites in such application areas as …

Global Market for Polyacetals and Its Current Challenges

May 27, 2020

Acetal polymers, also known as polyoxymethylene (POM) or polyacetals, belong to the class of aliphatic polymers. They have been on the market since the 1950s, starting from the time when they were made sufficiently stable to be used in commercial …

Benzene Market Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

May 14, 2020

It goes without saying that the present situation on the aromatics market is heavily affected by the global economic recession caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The main substances of the aromatics groups (benzene, toluene, and xylenes) are used as vital …

Demand for Chlorine from Medical and Disinfecting Applications on the Rise

April 27, 2020

Chlorine is known for its functional ubiquity, making it an indispensable component in nearly every household and industrial sector. As such, it is extremely hard to foresee the dynamics of the chlorine market behaviour in the current times of the …

Global Ethanol Market Is Under COVID-19 Threat

April 21, 2020

The global and regional ethanol markets are largely unbalanced and heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The demand for ethanol in motor fuels and fuel additives, which is a main ethanol consumption area, has dropped significantly. Likewise, ethanol consumption in …

Global Isopropanol Demand Is Rising Boosted by COVID-19 Pandemic

April 13, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic drives the demand for isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol or IPA). Despite its fairly large level of toxicity when ingested or excessively applied to skin, the demand for isopropanol is currently boosted by its two applications – …

COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak as Challenge for Ammonium Industry

March 26, 2020

The current and future behaviour of the chemical market and many related markets remain unpredictable when such expressions as nationwide lockdown and aggressive quarantine measures are getting firmly entrenched in daily activities. The coronavirus outbreak, in combination with other factors, …

Propionic Acid Market Prospects Remain Solid Despite Current Challenges

March 19, 2020

Propionic acid and its salts comprise a group of versatile products used in numerous applications. Their major application areas are in the agriculture and food industry or more specifically in the production of animal feed and food preservation. Propionic acid …