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Volatility is Mega-Trend of Monoethylene Glycol (MEG) Market

May 25, 2017

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) is a versatile large-scale chemical intermediate embedded in complex chemical commodity chains, composed of various upstream (incl. crude oil and offgas) and downstream products (e.g. polyethylene terephthalate or PET and its multiple derivatives). These chains mostly exist …

Construction Sector Drives Gypsum Industry Growth

May 18, 2017

The global gypsum industry is mainly driven by the construction and renovation sectors as natural gypsum is especially suitable for the manufacture of cement, building plasters, dry mixes, wallboards and other gypsum products. In some of these uses, gypsum has …

Lime Producers Need to Develop Clever Market Strategies

May 11, 2017

Lime and its products are marked by use versatility and abundance of resources. In market terms, lime is a low-value commodity which is not widely traded internationally. Most countries have limestone resources and manufacture lime for domestic consumption. Lime is …

Scandium Market Exhibits Lucrative Growth Potential

April 20, 2017

Scandium is a soft, silvery-white metallic element that might be viewed as a representative of the rare earth class of natural elements. This class includes lanthanides, such as yttrium and scandium. The latter has properties which make it possible to …

Current Economic Outlook May Affect Zirconium Market

April 12, 2017

Zirconium (Zr) is a grayish-white metallic element employed in ceramics, foundry, refractory, electronics, nuclear industry and other applications. More than 80% of the world zirconium reserves are located in two countries: Australia (65%) and South Africa (18%). Zirconium production is …

Recent Upsurge in Cumene Prices in US Is Viewed as Manifestation of Bigger Trend

April 5, 2017

Cumene is an important intermediate in the chemical chain leading from refinery-grade propylene (RGP) and benzene (which have precursors as well), via their catalytic alkylation, to other chemicals, including predominantly phenol and acetone, followed by a number of chemical and …

Low Abundance and High Monopolization Are Major Subjects of Concern in Indium Market

March 29, 2017

Indium (In) is a rare-earth metal employed in flat-panel display screens (as a component of thin-film coatings), solders, alloys, electrical components, semiconductors, photovoltaic cells (e.g., copper indium gallium diselenide solar cells), complex intermetallic compounds (e.g. indium gallium nitride) and other …

Propylene Glycol Market to See Near Equilibrium Situation throughout 2017

March 16, 2017

Propylene glycol is a viscous synthetic liquid derived either from propylene oxide under petroleum-based pathway or glycerine via the bio-based way of production. Specific properties, low toxicity and large versatility make it an attractive commodity in many industrial and commercial …

South-East Asia Dominates Polyvinyl Acetate Market

March 7, 2017

Polyvinyl acetate is an aliphatic polymer made by polymerization of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). Polyvinyl acetate absorbs nearly half of VAM. VAM itself is a highly versatile intermediate used in the production of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) …

Effective Strategies for Carbon Black Market to Combat Current Macroeconomic Uncertainty

February 24, 2017

Carbon black is mainly used as a rubber-reinforcing agent and performance additive in diverse applications in rubber products (e.g. tires, hoses, belts, etc.), coatings, printing inks, extruded profiles, moulded goods and polymer systems. The diversity of carbon black uses dictates …

New Capacity Additions to Meet Current Methanol Demand Rise

February 17, 2017

The use of methanol and its blends as a fuel is determined by a number of their strengths. These strengths may include attractive prices as compared to gasoline, ethanol and their blends; simplified applicability without significant modification of methanol-running engine; …

Polycarbonate Market Showed Little Apprehension on BPA-related Move

February 8, 2017

Polycarbonates are a group of thermoplastic polymers, which forms an important commodity chain from acetone/phenol feedstock to various end-products. They are notable for their excellent performance specs with respect to stability, impact strength, transparency, thermal resistance, processability, low-temperature toughness, dielectric …

Titanium Dioxide Market: Subdued Demand & Possible Responses

January 25, 2017

Titanium, which is obtained from different titanium-containing minerals, like ilmenite, rutile or anatase, is used in the production of pigments, paints, coatings, plastics, paper cosmetics, food additives, ceramics, textiles, titanium metal, welding electrodes, as well as in a number of …

Growing Environmental & Health Concerns Overshadow Arsenic Market Prospects

January 13, 2017

Arsenic and its compounds are firmly associated with toxicity and environmental risks. Detrimental impact of arsenic is a well-known fact. Its dangerous concentrations have been found in many parts of the world, while numerous remediation technologies and approaches combatting arsenic …

Varied Dynamics of Global Urea Market Leads to Uncertainty and Overcapacity

January 6, 2017

The current situation on the global urea market can be characterised by a fairly large degree of uncertainty, which might be typical for end-of-the-year seasonal fluctuations when players are apprehensive on the verge of a new crop-sowing season and unsure …

Bio-Acetic Acid May Substitute Petroleum-Based Analogue in Future

December 22, 2016

Bioplastics could become viable substitutes for petroleum-based products, and bio-acetic acid may be a good example of such substation. Of course, the capacity to substitute petroleum-based products by ‘green’ alternatives depends on multiple factors, including their production costs, oil prices, …

Possible Reinvigoration on the US PVC Market May Be Adversely Impacted

December 15, 2016

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) acts as a generic name for a group of PVC compounds manufactured by transforming vinyl chlorine monomer (VCM) into PVC resins with the help of additives to easily mold them and optimize their qualities with respect to …

Multiple Ethylene Expansion Projects are Underway

December 6, 2016

Ethylene is one of the most versatile and important chemical components and intermediates used for downstream chemical processing in order to obtain a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Ethylene economics and market are enormous in size and complexity. …

Construction of New Integrated Petrochemical Complexes in Underway on Toluene Market

November 28, 2016

Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon used in various applications. It is involved in production chains of multiple chemicals as an intermediate or precursor. In such role, toluene is often associated with the operation on integrated petrochemical complexes or chemical hubs, …

Mixed Sentiments on Purified Terephthalic Acid Market

November 17, 2016

Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is a raw material used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and PET-based products (fibres, films, etc.), which in turn find application in versatile downstream products, like clothing, carpets, car parts, food containers, engineering plastics, to name …

Strategic Partnerships Present Rising Trend within Feldspar Sector

November 10, 2016

Feldspars are mainly used in industrial applications, including production of glass containers, ceramics (incl. tiles and sanitary ware), fillers, glass fibre insulation, fillers, extenders and other commodities. Relative content of feldspar in some feldspar-consuming product groups, % The current trends …

Controlled Release Urea Fertilizers Form New Trend of Fertilizer Industry

October 27, 2016

The market for controlled release fertilizers (CRF) is expected to demonstrate a robust growth as the demand for them will continue to rise due to their enhanced efficiency, high flexibility, improved transportability and reduced environmental impact. Products like Agrium’s XCU® …

Tight Supply and Market Uncertainty Drive Ethyl Acetate Prices Up in Europe

October 20, 2016

Ethyl acetate (ETAC), an ether of acetic acid and ethyl alcohol, finds application in various products and industries. Such versatility makes prediction of ETAC market behaviour a complex task, which might foster a feeling of uncertainty for its manufacturers and …

Support from Lawmakers Has Major Impact on Biodiesel Market

October 12, 2016

Policy making and regulation play a central role in the future development of biodiesel market in many regions of the world. It is also quite common that public opinion, at least in democracies, is instrumental in shaping the national and …

Polyisobutylene Market Demonstrates Strong Positive Dynamics

October 4, 2016

The market for conventional and highly reactive polyisobutylene (PIB) demonstrates quite positive and upwards trends, which results in capacity expansion, construction and debottlenecking. For instance, TPC Group, which is one of the largest polyisobutylene producers in the USA (the US …