The coal to olefins value chain consists of multiple steps starting with coal gasification followed by methanol synthesis and then by conversion of methanol to olefins. This report discusses the major technologies associated with each of these steps and presents production economics for coal-based olefins with comparisons to gas- and oil-based technologies. Global and regional supply, demand, and trade for ethylene and propylene are also presented.
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This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the technology, economics, and markets for the production of polyester polyols. Commercial process technologies based on both conventional routes and renewable sources are discussed. Cost of production estimates are included to illustrate the cost competitiveness of different polyols in selected regions. A market review including regional capacities and supply/demand figures is also presented.
In this report, Nexant examines chemical industry sustainability activities against sustainability in downstream industries. Nexant profiles sustainability activities from several companies in several different industries and highlights key differences in the reports. This report discusses the future direction of sustainability and the impact this will have on the chemical industry.
PMMA process technologies and production economics are presented. Descriptions are provided for general processes and licensed technologies along with cost of production estimates for USGC, Western Europe and China. Demand by end use, capacity and supply/demand/trade data is provided for global and regional markets.
This report provides an overview of plastics to fuels and plastics to chemicals technologies that are used to convert so-called non-recyclable plastics into value-added products. Many of the technology providers and operators are profiled. Cost of production estimates for some processes were developed for the United States. The effect of oil price on process economics is explored.
The process technologies and production economics for low density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) are presented. The leading tubular and autoclave processes are reviewed and compared. Cost of production estimates have been developed on a USGC, China, and Middle East basis. Production economics for LDPE are compared with LLDPE. Demand by end use, capacity, and supply/demand/trade data is provided on a global and tri-regional basis.
This report describes the production technologies, provides profiles of equipment providers, and presents process descriptions for nonwoven fiber production technologies. Production economics for nonwoven polypropylene fabric production for the USGC and China are included. Market estimates by nonwoven end use application for the major geographical locations are also provided.
The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) technologies. Renewable MEG is a drop-in chemical that has received some attention in recent years as the major fraction of global production of MEG goes into PET, which is used to produce polyester fibers and beverage bottles. The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing ethylene glycol from renewable feedstocks.
PET process technologies and production economics are presented. Process descriptions for PET production are provided for licensed technologies along with production estimates for USGC, Western Europe and China. Demand by end use, capacity and supply/demand/trade data is provided for global and regional markets.
This techno-economic report offers a review of chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of common barrier resins including EVOH, PVDC, selected nylons, and PEN. The report provides economics for these polymer resins for several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe, and China) under a consistent first quarter 2017 price scenario. The report also describes the properties and uses of barrier resins, and provides a brief global market analysis for the selected barrier resins.