This report examines fabrication technologies for producing blown film, cast film, and bi-axially oriented films (e.g., BOPP, BOPET, and PLA). Technology trends and applications are also provided for these three fabrication processes. Cost estimates are presented to produce blown film (mono-, 3- and 7- layer), cast film (3-layer), BOPP, and BOPET from virgin resin material, at USGC, Western Europe, and China locations. Global blown film and bi-axially oriented PP film market overviews with a historical breakdown by region are also provided.
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The process technologies and production economics for high density polyethylene (HDPE) are presented. Ziegler slurry, slurry loop, gas phase, and solution processes from all major technology holders are reviewed. Cost of production estimates have been developed on a USGC, China, and Middle East basis. Demand by end use, capacity, and supply/demand/trade data is provided on a global basis and for North America, Western Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of World.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a commodity thermoplastic produced by the polymerization of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). This report covers processes by major licensors, cost of production, commercial applications, and market analysis of the PVC industry.
The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of biosurfactants. Technical and economic aspects of producing biosurfactants are explored in detail including cost of production models for key technologies. Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
This report examines technical, commercial and economic aspects of producing BTX aromatics, particularly para-xylene, which is the principal co-monomer for PET used in the production of fibers and bottles. Major technologies covered at the cost of production level include catalytic fast pyrolysis, catalytic reforming of carbohydrates, cycloaddition of furans, catalytic conversion of iso-butanol to para-xylene, enhanced FCC of renewable feedstocks, renewable methanol-to-aromatics (MTA), rLPG-to-aromatics, bioethanol-to-aromatics (ETA).
The 2022 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 plus a custom oil scenario. Delivered as an interactive spreadsheet, the model offers views of historical, current, and forecast cost competitiveness and profitability for the industry with options for delivered and EXW cost curves as well as ethylene and olefins basis cost curves.
Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), one of a number of engineering thermoplastics (ETPs), is a partly crystalline polymer well-suited for automotive and electrical/electronic applications since the polymer offers chemical resistance, high continuous-use temperatures, excellent electrical properties, outstanding dimensional stability, and good mechanical properties.
This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry, and properties, and analyses the process technologies required to produce BDO from six different fossil fuel-derived feedstocks and the development trends of 1,4-Butanediol (BDO). The economic analysis provides an overview of production costs for BDO as well as THF in different locations in 2Q 2022. An overview of the carbon intensity across three regions, the US, Western Europe, and China for the BDO production technologies is also presented. The market for BDO is analyzed on a global and regional basis with commentary made around the key market drivers historically and over the medium-term forecast.
Monoethylene glycol (MEG) is the main derivative of ethylene oxide and is used to produce PET, which encompasses the fiber industry (textile and industrial applications) and the resin industry (packaging, film and bottles).
In this report, NexantECA comments on the motivations behind the recent hydrocarbon resin capacity additions and provides a high-level analysis of the business and strategic considerations as well as the conventional and bio-based technology availability from the perspective of a company entering or expanding into the hydrocarbon resin market. The production cost estimates for plants located in the United States, Western Europe, China and South-East Asia have been estimated for the second quarter of 2022 for the following resin types: aliphatic (C5), aromatic (C9), C5/C9, cycloaliphatic (DCPD), pure monomer, hydrogenated aliphatic, hydrogenated aromatic, hydrogenated DCPD and hydrogenated DCPD/C9 resins. This analysis is underpinned by a review of end-use sector consumption as well as regional market dynamics.