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Jun 2022
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Polymers and Plastics

Emerging Technologies to Recycle Plastic Waste (2022 Program)

This report examines advanced recycling processes for recycling polyolefins, polystyrene, and polyethylene terephthalate. Profiles of the main companies that offer solvent purification, decomposition, and enzymatic hydrolysis processes are included.  Cost estimates are presented to produce recycled PP, recycled PS, and recycled PET pellets from waste material, at USGC, Western Europe, China, and Japan locations. Global and regional PET, PE, PP, and PS/EPS market outlooks that could be targeted by mechanical and/or emerging recycling technologies are also provided.
Apr 2022
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Advances in Mechanical Recycling of Plastics (2022 Program)

This report examines the main commercial processes for mechanically recycling polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, and polypropylene. Profiles of the main companies that offer mechanical recycling equipment for bottle-to-bottle processes are included. Cost estimates are presented to produce recycled PET, recycled HDPE, and recycled PP from waste material, at USGC, Western Europe, China, and Japan locations. Global recycled PET, recycled HDPE, and recycled PP market outlooks are also provided.
Dec 2021
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Petrochemicals

Advances in Propane Dehydrogenation (2021 Program)

Propane dehydrogenation capacity continues to grow at much higher rates than traditional propylene production routes. This report covers major technology licensors and their latest PDH process offerings and includes production economics prepared on a USGC, Western Europe, Middle East, and China basis. Global and regional propylene supply and demand are provided.
Dec 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Advanced Carbon Applications in Lithium-ion Batteries (2021 Program)

A study of the supply chain and processing of commoditized spherical graphite, conductive carbon black, and other advanced carbon materials used in lithium-ion batteries. Examines both natural graphite and synthetic graphite value chains as well as acetylene black. Strategic outlook for graphite is examined in the context of public policy for environmental protection from the perspective of climate change and fluoride pollution, as well as changes in supply chain, changes in battery technology, and battery-electric vehicles.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
C1 Chemicals and Fertilizers
Oil, Gas and Refined Products

Blue Hydrogen (2021 Program)

For achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050 for constraining global temperature rise to 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius (°C), negligible or minimal (low) carbon hydrogen is receiving much attention. Different types of hydrogen are based on a color palette defined by environmental footprint and impact include grey, blue, green, brown, and others. Blue hydrogen projects are a major enabler for achieving “net-zero” emissions. Viable pathways for producing blue hydrogen mainly consist of steam methane reforming (SMR) and Autothermal Reforming (ATR). These are advanced commercial technologies and processes which must be integrated with carbon capture and sequestration where national and state level subsidies or incentives are utilized.
Dec 2021
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C1 Chemicals and Fertilizers

Ammonium Nitrates (2021 Program)

This techno-economic report provides a review of the technology, chemistry, economics, and market analysis for ammonium nitrate. Commercial technologies for the production of ammonium nitrate are discussed, as well as development trends. Cost of production estimates were developed for various neutralization technologies (utilizing ammonia and nitric acid) as well as production of calcium ammonium nitrate and urea ammonium nitrate, for plants located in the USGC, China, and Western Europe. An overview of the major applications for ammonium nitrate is provided, along with analysis of the global ammonium nitrate capacity and demand forecast.
Dec 2021
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Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Sulfonation Technologies (2021 Program)

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the sulfonation/sulfation technology used to produce surfactants, including the economics and markets. Commercial process technologies based on Desmet Ballestra Italy (DBI) and Chemithon licensed technology are assessed. Cost of production estimates of these production routes are included to illustrate the cost competitiveness of different sulfonated products in selected regions. A market review including regional sulfonation capacities and a discussion of supply and demand is also presented.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Polystyrene (2021 Program)

This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry and process technologies for general purpose polystyrene (GPPS), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), expandable polystyrene (EPS), and syndiotactic polystyrene (SPS). Processes from major technology developers are presented. Cost of production economics are presented for different GPPS, HIPS, and EPS processes for USGC, China, and Western Europe locations. Demand by end-use, capacity, and supply/demand/trade data is provided for global and major regional markets.
Nov 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

EPDM Rubber (2021 Program)

EPDM is produced by the polymerization of ethylene, propylene, and typically another monomer containing side-chain unsaturation such as ethylidene-5-norbornene-2 (ENB). It is produced by Ziegler-Natta or metallocene (includes single site or similar catalyst types) catalyzed solution processes, or a Zeigler-Natta catalyzed slurry process. EPDM has a fully saturated molecular backbone that provides excellent ozone resistance, weatherability and heat resistance properties, very good dielectric performance, and low temperature flexibility. This report includes an analysis of EPDMs markets, end-uses, and production technologies. Production economics were prepared for world-scale Ziegler-Natta solution, Metallocene solution, and Ziegler-Natta slurry processes. The economics were prepared for plants located in the U. S. Gulf Coast, Western Europe, and China Coast.
Oct 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) (2021 Program)

This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (BR). The report provides SBR economics for solution and emulsion technologies as well as economics for BR using neodymium and nickel catalysts in several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe, and China) under a consistent second quarter 2021 price scenario. An analysis of the ROI and investment attractiveness and historical cash costs are also provided. The report also offers and overview of SBR and BR consumption, capacity, and trade for global and major regional markets.

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