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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 …

Kaolin Market Strategies as Response to Business Challenges

March 10, 2020

Kaolin group of minerals (kaolinite, dickite, nacrite, and halloysite) combines important industrial mineral products used in a variety of applications, including the manufacture of fire retardants, paper, and cardboard (for filling and coating), ceramics and porcelain, rubber products, paints, cosmetics, …

Styrene Acrylonitrile Market: Dynamics & Recent Trends

February 25, 2020

Styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) resins are thermoplastic copolymers of styrene and acrylonitrile, which find application in household and sanitary products, domestic electrical items, battery casings, pharma/cosmetic packaging, automotive industry, medicine and other applications. Though not as popular as polystyrene and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene …

Innovations Act as Major Driving Force of Polyphenylene Sulphide Market

February 17, 2020

Polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) is a high-performance engineering aromatic polymer and thermoplastic material with superior characteristics of such parameters as thermal stability, chemical resistance, mechanical strength, dimensional stability, and flame resistance. A number of polyphenylene sulphide features allows manufacturing a large …

Pumice Market Sentiments Remain Positive in Construction Sector

January 30, 2020

Construction materials remain the major outlet for pumice, especially in the production of concrete admixtures/aggregates and lightweight building blocks. An economic recession can cause a downturn in the construction sector, thus weakening the demand for pumice and analogous building materials. …

Diatomite Market: Current Trends, Strategies & Issues

January 23, 2020

Diatomite, also known as diatomaceous earth or kieselgur, is a naturally occurring mineral. It has a minimal detrimental effect upon humans and the environment, though the issue of diatomite waste disposal can be quite serious if protective measures are neglected. …

Global Polystyrene Market: New Developments & Projects in 2020

January 16, 2020

The global and regional polystyrene markets are directly influenced by the feedstock styrene monomer price fluctuations. Styrene monomer prices are in turn driven by oil prices. The present political instability in the Middle East was instrumental in raising the current …

Nafine Group Leads Global Sodium Sulphate Market

December 19, 2019

China is a leading player in the global market for sodium sulphate with respect to both consumption and production. China accounts for almost 60% and 64% of sodium sulphate production and consumption worldwide, respectively. Its sodium sulphate production significantly exceeds …