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Biorenewable Insights: Butadiene (2024 Program)

This report focuses on developments in the bio-butadiene industry sector. This includes routes from sugar, ethanol, BDO, CO, succinic acid, and butanol. Technology descriptions, key company profiles, cost of production model estimates, and capacity analysis is included as well as a discussion of impacts on the conventional industries.
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
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Biorenewable Insights: Green Tires (2024 Program)

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the tire industry's shift towards sustainability, covering the background, objectives, and scope of sustainable practices in tire manufacturing, including the economics, carbon intensity, and environmental impacts of key materials and the exploration of sustainable alternatives. It covers green tire technology, examining bio-based rubber innovations, the application of nanotechnology, and sustainable material replacements, with a forward-looking perspective on future green tire technologies. Additionally, the report discusses recycling and end-of-life management for tires, emphasizing the significance of recycling, various recycling processes, and associated environmental, health, and safety considerations. The economic analysis explores the financial aspects of green tire production and recycling, including cost, pricing, and regional economic impacts. Environmental impacts and sustainability practices are scrutinized through Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon intensity comparisons and sustainable manufacturing best practices. The report also identifies the interests of key stakeholders in the green tire industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory bodies, consumers, and environmental groups, underlining the comprehensive approach to fostering sustainability in tire manufacturing and usage.
Dec 2023
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Petrochemicals

Technology and Costs: Cost Curve Analysis - MMA - 2023

The 2023 Cost Curve Analysis model for Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) combines NexantECA’s global plant capacity database and views on supply and demand with an extensive cost of production database and NexantECA’s annual price forecasts developed for three oil scenarios. Delivered as an interactive spreadsheet, the model offers views of historical MMA cost competitiveness and forecast cost competitiveness and profitability on an annual basis.
Dec 2023
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Petrochemicals

Recycling Options for Polyolefins (2023 Program)

The report begins by defining polyolefins, followed by an overview of production technology pertinent to polyolefins. It then highlights recent business advancements for each polymer grade, along with providing a list of technology licensors and developers. The report will then delve into a comprehensive analysis of four pivotal recycling technologies — mechanical recycling, solvent-based purification, pyrolysis, and hydrothermal treatment — that are either under development or being commercialized for the recycling and valorization of polyolefin waste. The report will discuss the distinct features and implications of each recycling process. A cost of production process economics analysis will be provided for mechanical recycling, solvent-based purification, pyrolysis, and hydrothermal liquefaction. Profiles of key active companies within each respective technology will be profiled to shed light on current industry players and their contributions to polyolefin recycling. A Carbon Intensity analysis will be carried out for mechanical recycling, solvent-based purification, pyrolysis, and hydrothermal treatment across the United States, Western Europe, and China.
Dec 2023
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Petrochemicals

Biorenewable Insights: Renewable Ethylene, Ethylene Oxide, and Ethylene Glycol (2023 Program)

This report investigates the various commercial and developmental routes for the production of renewable ethylene. Technologies based on bio-ethanol, bio-naphtha, and bio-methanol are investigated for ethylene production, as well as sugar and glycerin-based routes directly to ethylene glycol. Pyrolysis oil from thermal conversion of plastic wastes has seen significant development for conversion into bio-naphtha feedstock, as well as gasification of biomass to produce methanol for ethylene production. Dry reforming of methane with carbon dioxide and electrochemical production of ethylene are the new technologies covered in this edition of the report. Cost of production models, process descriptions, capacity analysis and implications for the conventional industry are included.
Dec 2023
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Petrochemicals

Technology and Costs: Cost Curve Analysis - PO & PG - 2023

The 2023 Custom Cost Curve Analysis model for Propylene Oxide and Propylene Glycol combines NexantECA’s global plant capacity database and views on supply and demand with an extensive cost of production database and NexantECA’s annual price forecasts developed for three oil scenarios. Delivered as an interactive spreadsheet, the model offers views of historical PO and PG cost competitiveness and profitability on a quarterly basis and forecast cost competitiveness and profitability on an annual basis.
Nov 2023
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Petrochemicals

Styrene/Ethylbenzene (2023 Program)

This techno-economic report offers a review of chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of styrene and ethylbenzene. The report provides process economics for styrene and ethylbenzene for several different global locations (USGC, Middle East and China) under a consistent first quarter 2023 price scenario. The report also provides a carbon intensity analysis, and a historical cost analysis.
Oct 2023
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) (2023 Program)

This techno-economic report offers a review of chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of methyl methacrylate. The report provides economics for methyl methacrylate for several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe, China, Japan, and South-East Asia) under a consistent first quarter 2023 price scenario. The report also provides a carbon intensity analysis, and a historical cost analysis.
Sep 2023
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

VCM/EDC (2023 Program)

This report provides a technical and economic review of processes to produce ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). Comparative economics are presented for the major production routes to EDC and VCM in various geographic locations. An analysis of carbon intensity as well as global and regional capacity by producer are provided.
Aug 2023
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Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials
Petrochemicals

Carbon Fibers (2023 Program)

Carbon fiber is a high-value product whose exceptional properties (lightweight and high strength) make it an increasingly sought-after material. Although carbon fibers can be manufactured from various precursors, over 98 percent of the global supply is currently made from polyacrylonitrile (PAN) with pitch being the next most common precursor. The cost of production via those two routes for plants located in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and China has been estimated for the first quarter of 2023. NexantECA also provided a high-level analysis of the business and strategic considerations and commented on the technology availability from the perspective of a company entering or expanding into the carbon fiber market. Global carbon fiber and carbon nanotube capacities are also detailed.

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