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Bans and Restrictions Restrain Asbestos Market Growth

November 12, 2018

Asbestos has a long history of application. There is also already a rather continuous history of asbestos phasing-out or elimination. Despite a couple of million tonnes still in annual production by a limited number of countries, the asbestos market curtailment …

Global Acetic Acid Market Is Characterised by Cyclical Nature

November 1, 2018

Acetic acid is an important large-volume chemical, which acts as a building block in complex manufacturing and commodity chains. These chains involve petroleum-based raw materials, multiple intermediate chemicals and a wide range of end-products, like solvents, adhesives, soft drink bottles, …

Depleting Resources Could Emerge as Key Challenge of Global Bentonite Market

October 25, 2018

Bentonite is a highly versatile industrial clay with diverse application areas including foundry sand binders, pet litter, iron ore pelletizing, mud drilling, agriculture, industrial absorbents, amid others. It is also quite often used an ingredient involved in innovations and high-tech …

Purified Terephthalic Acid Market is Characterised by High Volatility

October 18, 2018

Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is a large-tonnage commodity and intermediate, which acts as an element of the complex value chain, consisting of upstream paraxylene and downstream products, including polyester fibre and non-fibre applications such as PET-bottles, PET-films, and engineering plastics. …

Environmental Legislation can be Detrimental for Cadmium Market Development

October 11, 2018

The situation with cadmium pollution is a subject of major concern of various European and international organizations monitoring the turnover of chemicals. Cadmium is known to have a detrimental carcinogenic effect upon human and animal health. The production of mineral …

China to Continue Leading Global Tungsten Market

October 4, 2018

It is a general rule of thumb that the world tungsten market follows the trajectory of the global macroeconomic situation. This has become especially evident during the world economic downturn of 2009 when the world tungsten production fell to a …

Regional Phthalic Anhydride Markets Demonstrate Positive Dynamics

September 27, 2018

Many regional markets for phthalic anhydride (PA) are currently demonstrating positive dynamics, though the environment in which these markets operate can be characterised by disruptive economic turbulence, shifting political climate, and confrontational regulatory regime. It is only sufficient to mention …

New US Tariffs Against Chinese Goods May Affect Titanium Dioxide Trade

September 20, 2018

The recent introduction of a new 10% duty on many Chinese goods worth $200bn, including titanium ores and concentrates, as well as pigments and preparations based on titanium dioxide, may impact global trade with titanium dioxide. It could also affect …

US-China Trade Tensions May Affect Global Adipic Acid Market

September 6, 2018

The global and regional markets for adipic acid are highly volatile, which is manifested in rapid changes in adipic acid price and trade dynamics. This volatility is predetermined by the dynamic complexity, built around multiple interdependent factors which influence the …

Some Barriers May Impede Potassium Sulphate Market Development

August 29, 2018

Well-balanced potassium nutrition is indispensable for crop yield, plant health, and its quality, thus providing a huge economic, social and environmental impact, especially in developing countries, which are among the major consumers of different types of potassium fertilizers. Numerous researches …

Intrinsic Character of Tellurium Market Threats

August 22, 2018

Tellurium is a versatile rare earth element and metalloid. Despite its functional versatility, tellurium applications are of mostly high-tech and value-added character. These applications include the following industries: photovoltaics to manufacture thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells (40%); electronics to …

Monopolization May Pose Threat to Global Gypsum Industry

July 27, 2018

Vulnerability of the global gypsum market is evident. While being a versatile product used in many applications, its major outlet is the construction sector. In 2016, gypsum was mainly used to make cement (appr. 61% of all gypsum produced globally) …

Vanadium as Good Alternative to Lithium in Energy Storage Applications

July 23, 2018

The deficit of lithium in lithium-ion batteries may necessitate the development of new types of batteries in which lithium might be substituted. The possible alternative may come in the form of the so-called vanadium redox batteries (VRB) or vanadium flow …

Lithium Shortage Can Make Transition to Electric Vehicles Unsustainable

July 5, 2018

Lithium-based compounds have become a primary ingredient of the lithium-ion batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV). The amount of lithium consumed by these types of vehicles varies, but it is …

Fluorspar Is Critical Raw Material in European Manufacturing Value Chains

June 13, 2018

Fluorspar is applied in the production of hydrofluoric acid (which is a feedstock for fluorine-containing compounds, incl. fluoropolymers), steelmaking, aluminium manufacturing, and other consumption sectors. It is included in the regularly updated list of critical raw materials (CRMs). The list …

Environmental and Social Factors Affect Global Sodium Cyanide Market

June 5, 2018

Sodium cyanide plays an important role in the mining solutions business due to its capacity to meet the growing demand from the gold and silver mining sectors. This is especially true for North and South America, Australia, South Africa and …

Developing Countries Drive Polyisobutylene Market

May 29, 2018

Polyisobutylene (PIB) is an important elastomer that is used to produce tires (more than 70% of global PIB consumption), fuel and lubricant additives (10%), automotive mechanical goods (8%), adhesives and sealants (3%), and other products (6%). These consumption sectors enjoy …

Vertical Integration as a Way to Address Phenol Market Challenges

May 21, 2018

Phenol, produced mainly via the cumene peroxidation process, plays an important role in the chemical and other industries. It is an indispensable building block used in the production of plastics (further processed into automotive parts, mobile phones, etc.), paints, coatings, …

Regional Melamine Markets Exhibit Different Dynamics

April 27, 2018

The wood-based panel industry with its subsectors focused on laminates and adhesive resins is considered the largest outlet for melamine. Both subsectors (i.e. laminates and adhesives) jointly account for over 70% of melamine consumption globally. Melamine: structure of the global …

Sulphuric Acid Demand Rises Amid Tightening Supply

April 18, 2018

Sulfuric acid is one of the most fundamental chemical building blocks, serving as a keystone for many modern industries, branches of economy and chemical products. On a corporate level, wide applicability of sulfuric acid stipulates a multiplicity of market players …

UK to Impose Deposit Return Scheme Aimed at PET Recycling

April 3, 2018

One of the main trends of the global polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market is the increase in PET recycling rates due to environmental concerns caused by the augmented usage of PET products, including drinks bottles and containers. This augmented usage is …

Carbon Black (CB) Supply Reductions in China Impact Indian Tyre Manufacturers

March 27, 2018

Carbon black is used as a rubber-reinforcing agent and performance additive in rubber products (tires, hoses, belts, etc.), coatings, printing inks, extruded profiles, moulded goods, polymer systems and other specialty applications. The latter implies high versatility and contingency of products …

Higher Feedstock Costs Drive Current Polyvinyl Alcohol Prices in the US

March 22, 2018

Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is firmly entrenched in the complex commodity chain. This chain includes acetic acid, ethylene, oxygen, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), polyvinyl acetate and other end-products in a wide range of applications, like paper, adhesive, film, textiles, packaging, construction, …

Global Chlorine Market Is Affected by Anti-Pollution Initiatives of Chinese Government

March 13, 2018

China plays a dominant role in the global chlorine market. The country’s chlorine-manufacturing capacity is over 40 mln tonnes per year; the actual chlorine output is about 30 mln tonnes per year. Chlorine: structure of the global production capacity broken …

Flexibility at the Core of Nitrile-Butadiene Rubber Business

February 21, 2018

Nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) comprises a family of synthetic rubber copolymers of acrylonitrile and butadiene. This generic status of NBR means that rubber compounders can flexibly adjust product parameters and properties (processability, oil/fuel resistance, tensile strength, heat ageing, etc.) by experimenting …