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Polyarylsulfones Market Demonstrates Strong Performance

July 14, 2021

Polyarylsulfones or sulfone polymers, like polysulfone, polyphenylsulfone, polyethersulfone, and polyetherimide, belong to a class of heat-resistant high-performance amorphous specialty polymers. The product range of sulfone polymers is extremely diverse with hundreds of different formulations, which are used in vital applications …

Monoethylene Glycol Market: Rising Demand and Tight Supply Amid Uncertainty

July 2, 2021

Ethylene glycols (mono-, di-, tri- and poly-glycols) are indispensable intermediates with vital applications like resins, deicing, and heat transfer fluids, fibres, packaging materials, paper, leather, latex paints, antifreeze solutions, explosives, dehydrating agents, industrial solvents, cosmetics, construction materials, electrical goods, and …

Caprolactam Market: Challenges & Trends Amid Current Uncertainty

June 24, 2021

Caprolactam is an important chemical intermediate, which is primarily used for the production of nylon 6 fibres (about 63% of caprolactam output) and nylon 6 engineering resins (about 33% of caprolactam output). Nylon 6 fibres are indispensable in textile, carpet, …

Epichlorohydrin Market: Key Prospects & Challenges

June 16, 2021

Epichlorohydrin (ECH) is an important chemical mainly used in the production of epoxy resins, which derive from the reaction of epoxy compounds with phenols. Apart from epoxy resins with their multiple applications in the automotive and electronic industries, epichlorohydrin finds …

Expandable Polystyrene Market: Prospects & Challenges

June 7, 2021

Polystyrene and its copolymers pertain to the styrenics segment of the polymer industry and comprise an important group of plastics, alongside polyolefins and polyvinyl chloride. Expandable polystyrene (EPS), which is a rigid cellular form of polystyrene, exhibits excellent performance in …

Polyvinyl Alcohol Market: Innovation, Sustainability & Interdependence

May 28, 2021

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH or PVA) is a structurally isomeric, acetylene-based polymer used in a large variety of applications. Its functional palette could be really wide and limitless, including polyvinyl alcohol blends with other polymers, and comprise such areas as adhesives, …

Butadiene Rubbers Market: Key Prospects & Challenges

May 21, 2021

Butadiene rubbers belong to an extensive family of elastomers and are noted for their excellent performance with respect to elasticity, abrasion resistance, glass transition temperature, and low-temperature flexibility. Apart from butadiene rubbers, elastomers comprise such versatile products as styrene-butadiene rubber, …

Polyphenylene Sulphide Market: Prospects & Trends

May 10, 2021

Polyphenylene sulphide is a versatile high-performance engineering polymer, which is available in a range of compositions with other materials and manufactured in a wide assortment of grades. Its processing modes vary, while its commodity forms could be also diverse and …

Hydrogen Cyanide Market: Challenges and Trends

April 26, 2021

Hydrogen cyanide is an important organic compound and a chemical intermediate indispensable in the production of adiponitrile, sodium cyanide, acetone cyanohydrin, methionine, cyanuric chloride, and chelating agents. These derivatives, in turn, are vital for multiple industries and further downstream applications. …

Ethylbenzene Market Trends and Challenges

April 16, 2021

Ethylbenzene is an important chemical intermediate used predominantly for the production of styrene, but also for making fuel blending components and solvents. Ethylbenzene is converted to styrene via dehydrogenation, oxidation, chlorination, and other industrial routes, while ethylbenzene itself is produced …

Calcium Chloride Versatility Guarantees Its Durable Demand Profile

April 5, 2021

Calcium chloride is a highly versatile chemical product used in a very diverse range of applications. These include: de-icing and anti-icing (calcium chloride acts as one of the most effective de-icers); oilfield and water treatment applications (e.g. oilfield fluids, pipeline …

Global Polycarbonate Market: Key Trends & Challenges

March 29, 2021

Polycarbonates, which are linear polyesters of carbonic acid, form a group of thermoplastic polymers within an important commodity chain. This chain combines bisphenol A/phosgene or diphenyl carbonate as feedstocks and multiple end-products consumed in different areas: automotive (e.g. dashboards, side, …

Global Formaldehyde Market: Trends & Challenges

March 16, 2021

Formaldehyde (or aqueous formaldehyde solutions) is an important and versatile chemical with a major outlet in the production of formaldehyde-based amino, phenolic, and polyacetal resins. It is also used to manufacture various chemicals (e.g. BDO, MDI, and pentaerythritol), drying agents, …

Global Polyethylene Market Dynamics amid COVID-19 Pandemic

March 9, 2021

Polyethylene (PE) comprises a vast and significantly important group of ethylene homopolymers, as well as ethylene copolymers with some olefins. Produced via step-growth polymerization and processed via various technologies (blow molding, extrusion, and injection molding), polyethylene could be of various …

Maleic Anhydride Market: Prospective and Challenging Character

February 26, 2021

Maleic anhydride is an important chemical intermediate with extremely wide functionality. A specific structure of the chemical optimises its applicability in chemical conversions and transformations. Its key application areas include the production of unsaturated polyester resins (a major outlet that …

Acrylonitrile Market Dynamics & Resilience

February 19, 2021

Acrylonitrile is an important commodity chemical with multiple uses and advantageous properties, like enhanced elasticity or good compatibility within polymer blends. As a monomer, it is primarily used in the production of acrylic and modacrylic fibers. This application segment accounts …

Phthalic Anhydride Market Scenario amid Macroeconomic Recovery

February 12, 2021

Phthalic anhydride is an important chemical intermediate, which is produced via the oxidation of o-xylene and naphthalene or mixed feed. Phthalic anhydride participates in the production of (saturated and unsaturated) polyester resins, polyols, plasticizers, alkyd resins, flame retardants, coatings, engineered …

Sulfuric Acid Market Demonstrates Mixed Regional Dynamics and Cautious Optimism

February 4, 2021

The current situation on the global sulfuric acid market remains unstable, though there are some signs of optimism. It is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic had a very lasting and profound impact on the chemical and other industries. This impact …

Hydrogen Peroxide Market Resilience During Coronavirus Pandemic

January 28, 2021

Hydrogen peroxide is an important commodity chemical used in various applications, among which the pulp and paper industry acts as the main outlet. With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous agencies and media reported about the rising demand for …

Polyphenylene Oxide Market Trends in Times of Crisis

January 19, 2021

Polyphenylene oxides (or polyphenylene ether) represent a group of thermoplastic polymers that are manufactured via oxidative dehydrogenation of 2,6-disubstituted phenols. Being fully miscible with polystyrene, polyphenylene oxides actually are blends of polyphenylene ether with other polymer products (and additive packages), …

Global Cumene Market Shows Robust Performance

January 8, 2021

The trends in the global cumene market are guided mainly by its important role in combined phenol/acetone production. Phenol and acetone production, in turn, leads to the manufacture of multiple chemical intermediates (methyl methacrylate, bisphenol-A, etc.) and end products, including …

Mixed Prospects in Sodium Chlorate Market

December 28, 2020

The application of sodium chlorate (NaClO3), also known as chlorate of soda, is predominantly orientated at two segments. Firstly, it is used in chlorine-free pulp bleaching in the pulp and paper industry. It is considered to be an environmentally preferred …

Global Bentonite Market Demonstrates Strong Resilience

December 16, 2020

The current state of the market for bentonite and its products is negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic reduced the overall demand in multiple bentonite-consuming sectors, deteriorated the functioning of distribution networks, and violated the operation of …

Phosphate Rock Market: Major Issues & Top Trends

December 3, 2020

The essential need in food security and the growing demand for agricultural products has laid the groundwork for the phosphate market development. Phosphate rock is used predominantly (up to 95%) in the production of different types of fertilizers (both solid …

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. …