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Nov 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Biobased Polycarbonates (2021 Program)

This report provides techno-economic analysis on various routes to produce biobased polycarbonates, including the use of biobased BPA alternatives (e.g. isosorbide, diphenolic acid, etc.), bio-phenol/bio-acetone from renewable feedstocks, bio-DMC/bio-DPC, and the copolymerization of biobased epoxides with carbon dioxide.
Nov 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Biorenewable Insights: Biocomposites (2021 Program)

This report provides an analysis of technologies and activity within the biocomposites space. Biocomposites investigated include bioresins (such as PLA, TPS, and others) and use of biomass (such as wood, natural fiber, or other materials) as filler or binder material. Several case studies are also provided.
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.
Oct 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Material Recovery Facilities for Plastic Waste (2021 Program)

This TECH report focuses on the technology to sort and bale waste plastics from a Dry-Mixed Recyclables (DRM) or Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream for use by recyclers. This report provides details on screening, air separation, electromagnetic, eddy current and optical sorting technologies employed at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The report provides an estimate of the cost of production for sorting of DMR for the U.S. and Western Europe. Major suppliers for sorting equipment and developing recycling technologies are profiled.
Aug 2021
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Technology and Costs – Custom Cost Curve Models – Ethylene and Polyethylene – 2021

The 2021 Custom Cost Curve Analysis model for Ethylene and Polyethylene 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, current, and forecast cost competitiveness and profitability for the industry.   
Aug 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

Technology and Costs – Custom Cost Curve Models – Propylene and Polypropylene – 2021

The 2021 Custom Cost Curve Analysis model for Propylene and Polypropylene 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, current, and forecast cost competitiveness and profitability for the industry.   
Jun 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Amorphous High Temperature Engineering Thermoplastics (2021 Program)

This report discusses the technologies and economics for producing the most common high temperature amorphous thermoplastics commercially available today - polysulfone, polyethersulfone, polyetherimide, and polyphthalamides. These materials rely on complex chemistries, mainly incorporating aromatic residues in their polymeric backbones which increase their useful temperature range though often at the expense of processability.
Jun 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) (2021 Program)

This report analyzes various technological and commercial aspects of Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP), and provides an overview of the commercial and developing technologies for SAP production. Cost of production estimates have been developed for both solution and suspension process plants located in USGC, Western Europe and China. Commercial applications and global market outlook are also included.  
Feb 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)(2021 Program)

The process technologies and production economics for low density polyethylene (LDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) are presented. Processes from major technology developers are reviewed. Cost of production estimates have been developed for USGC, China, and Middle East locations for LDPE and EVA. Production economics for LDPE are compared with LLDPE. Demand by end-use, capacity, and supply/demand/trade data is provided on a global basis and for North America, Western Europe, and Asia Pacific.

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