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Propylene Glycol Market Has Bright Prospects

June 20, 2019

The name of propylene glycol actually combines a family of chemical compounds. This family comprises the following chemicals: monopropylene glycol (it accounts for the largest production volume among all chemicals in this family), dipropylene glycol and tripropylene glycol. These are …

Adipic Acid Market Fundamentals Remain Strong

June 13, 2019

The global and regional markets for adipic acid (ADPA) are volatile, with supply-demand balance, seasonality, turnaround schedules, production disruptions, facility expansions and environmental regulation acting as major factors affecting the markets. However, the fundamentals of these markets remain strong. The …

Lanxess Takes Lead in Production of Elemental Bromine and Bromine-Based Flame Retardants

June 6, 2019

Bromine-based flame retardants remain one of the main bromine outlets. In general, the flame retardant additives market is expected to grow by 3-4 % per year. Many companies view this bromine application area as highly prospective. For this reason, in …

Mixed Picture of the Chinese Acetic Acid Market

May 30, 2019

The global acetic acid market behaviour is determined by complex dynamics of multiple factors, both endogenous and exogenous to this market. These factors primarily operate within extended commodity chains, which form an intricate network of acetic acid feedstocks, intermediates, and …

Caustic Soda Market Volatility & Dynamic Complexity

May 21, 2019

The current behaviour of the caustic soda market confirms its traditional volatility and proneness to quick fluctuations. Abrupt changes at the caustic soda market are a function of the dynamic complexity of the whole chlor-alkali chemical sector, where multiple factors …

Butanediol Market Demonstrates Excessive Supply and Flat Demand

May 10, 2019

Currently, the regional butanediol (BDO) markets demonstrate almost identical dynamics, though the expectations of their future behaviours might be different. The global BDO market is dominated by the Asia-Pacific region, the situation on which can provide a significant impact on …

Global and Chinese Markets for Boron Minerals: Oligopoly and Collaboration

May 2, 2019

Borates (e.g., borax, kernite, ulexite, tincal, colemanite, etc.) form a class of about 80 minerals that are actually boron-containing inorganic salts. The processing of these minerals and their utilization in many, often high-tech, applications make them an important element of …

Global Ammonium Sulphate Market Demonstrates Stability But Not Long-Term Sustainability

April 25, 2019

The global ammonium sulphate market is rather stable, which is substantiated by ample supply, wide geographic diversification of production capacity and strong demand for this type of fertilizers based on its properties. Today ammonium sulphate is one of the most …

Mixed Dynamics of Bisphenol A Markets and Health-Related Concerns

April 17, 2019

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an important industrial chemical that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Naturally, the magnitude of the application of the latter opens up a huge potential for BPA use in multiple areas, including …

Graphite-Related Industry as Field of Continuous Innovation

April 4, 2019

The graphite-related industry is considered a field of continuous and prospective innovation. Of course, any new innovative sector is often confronted by multiple challenges and ungrounded expectations. Pioneers, innovators, and early adopters are commonly optimistic at the initial stages of …

Isopropanol Market Behavior as Synergetic Effect of Multiple Forces

March 14, 2019

Isopropanol is one of the secondary alcohols, used in a wide range of applications and consumption sectors. The production of solvents has been isopropanol’s largest outlet for years, though this trend has been gradually reversing. Other major uses of isopropanol …

Acrylonitrile Market: Major Issues & Prospects

March 7, 2019

Acrylonitrile (CAN) is an important monomer used for the production of acrylic fibres, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resins, and water-soluble polymers. The versatility of these product groups employed in a vast range of applications raises the commercial status of acrylonitrile. …

Challenges & Prospects of Nickel Market within Battery Materials Segment

February 28, 2019

Nickel is an important metal resource used in a wide variety of commodities which represent various, often high-tech, industrial, domestic, military and other sectors. Among them, the sector of rechargeable battery systems is one of the most interesting despite the …

Innovative Technologies Act as Major Driver of Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) Market

February 21, 2019

Expandable polystyrene (EPS) is a rigid cellular form of polystyrene with advanced performance in various parameters, including energy efficiency, thermal insulation capacity, air tightness, moisture resistance, durability, shock absorbing properties, compressive strength per weight, maintenance easiness, etc. Application areas for …

BASF’s Biomass Balance Approach as Innovative Strategy of Methanol Production

February 14, 2019

Methanol is an important chemical commodity with versatile and prospective applications, including power generation, transportation, and chemical industry. In the chemical industry, methanol is used to manufacture a wide range of chemicals via the methanol-to-olefins process. Among other things, the …

China’s Iron Ore Market Vulnerabilities

February 7, 2019

Iron ore mining remains a vibrant and lucrative mining sector, though its high expansion rates and sky-rocketing prices over the previous decade (especially in the Asia-Pacific region) are mostly the matter of the past. The iron ore market forecasts for …

New PET Recycling Legislature to Hamper PET Market Growth

January 31, 2019

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling and related policy/regulation are likely to become one of the major factors, affecting the global and regional PET markets. Due to current legislative initiatives, many PET producers may encounter significant challenges. First, these challenges will affect …

Hard Times for Antimony Producers Are Imminent

January 24, 2019

Currently, the Chinese economy is undergoing a period of relative slow-down, and the Chinese government is scrutinizing and making its environmental and manufacturing policy and regulation more stringent and ecology-conscious. The local antimony market, which is the largest in the …

Cement Industry Needs to Take Measures to Bring Down Carbon Dioxide Emissions

January 17, 2019

Global and regional cement industries are coupled with multiple negative externalities among which the rise in cement-related CO2 emissions is considered to belong to the class of the so-called wicked problems. The world cement industry accounts for the second largest …

Growing Concerns about Nitrogen Pollution May Hamper Ammonia Market Growth

January 10, 2019

In early 2019, the ammonia market has been demonstrating a vivid bearish sentiment for several months now, though such kind of mood has been evident for a much longer period. The product oversupply, low margins, price volatility, flat consumption in …

Positive Selenium Image May Improve its Marketability

December 20, 2018

Selenium is a relatively rare non-metal element which finds uses in multiple high-tech industrial products and applications, including photovoltaic cells, AC-to-DC electrical converters, specialized low-conductance sheet glass, human dietary supplements, cosmetics, steel alloys, catalysts, medicinal compounds, etc. Major selenium reserves …

Post-Colonial Concerns Affect Regional Germanium Markets

December 13, 2018

Germanium is closely associated with applications in various high-tech sectors and products, including the production of fibre and infrared optics, terrestrial solar cells, light-emitting diodes, polymerization catalysts, germanium-antimony-tellurium material in rewritable optical discs, propagermanium-based medicines, to name only a few. …

Solvay’s Recent Soda Ash Operations

December 6, 2018

Soda ash has the following main outlets: glass (both container and flat), detergents, soaps, chemicals, as well as metallurgy, pharmaceuticals, environment protection (e.g. acidity combating) and other applications. The natural route of soda ash production involves trona ore purification. Trona …

Environmental Issues Have Substantial Impact on Caprolactam Market

November 28, 2018

Caprolactam is involved in complex production chains composed of multiple feedstocks, derivatives (intermediates) and end-products. In a simplified form of the traditional Beckmann process used in caprolactam manufacturing, key intermediate cyclohexanone is converted to cyclohexanone oxime, which later is rearranged …

Bioethanol Market: Key Challenges & Prospects

November 20, 2018

The production of transport fuel has long been the major outlet for ethanol. This fuel is derived from various cellulosic biomass feedstocks via the method of the fermentation of available carbohydrates, like simple sugars, or via second-generation ethanol technology. The …