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Jul 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

Terephthalic Acid (2020 Program)

This report discusses the process technologies and production economics for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) which is commercially produced by the oxidation of para-xylene with air followed by purification and recovery/recycle of catalysts and solvents.  Production economics for the United States, Middle East, and China are assessed and regional market analyses are also presented. 
Jun 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) (2020 Program)

PBT, a commercially important engineering polymer, is commonly made by the direct esterification of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) with 1,4 butanediol (BDO), followed by polycondensation.  This report includes an analysis of PBTs markets, end-uses, and production technologies.  Production economics were prepared for world-scale continuous and batch production plants using composite PBT technologies; both routes from DMT and PTA were modelled.  The analysis was prepared for plants located in the U. S. Gulf Coast, Western Europe, and Coastal China.
Jun 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Thermoplastic Polyolefin Elastomers (2020 Program)

Thermoplastic polyolefin elastomers were developed over the past few decades as a means to bridge the gap between rubber and plastics using olefinic feedstocks.  Covered in this report are in-situ TPOs, compounded TPOs, TPVs, Polyolefin Elastomers and Plastomers, and Olefin Block Copolymers. 
May 2020
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Polymers and Plastics

Global Polyolefins Technology Report - 2020

Global Polyolefins Technology Report - 2020 provides detailed analysis of developments in polyolefins (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, polypropylene) technology and includes all major licensed technologies, as well as technologies not licensed but important to the polyolefins industry. Focuses on factors within the industry and the external market that shape technology developments and competitive positioning.   
Dec 2019
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Polymers and Plastics

Polycarbonate (2019 Program)

The chemistry, process technology, and production economics for polycarbonate are assessed.  Comparative economics are presented for interfacial, non-phosgene melt (DMC via oxidative carbonylation and via methanolysis of ethylene carbonate), phosgene melt, and isosorbide processes.  A regional market overview is also included.
Dec 2019
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Biorenewable Insights: Non-Conventional Bio-based Textile Fibers (2019 Program)

This report investigates the various developments in biobased fibers for textile applications including natural and synthetic fibers.  Commercial technologies for the production of bio based PLA, PHA, PTT, and nylon are analyzed in depth.  Analyses include technical descriptions and cost of production estimates. A market summary of the global fibers market is also provided.
Nov 2019
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals

Linear Alpha Olefins (2019 Program)

The chemistry, process technology, and production economics for linear alpha olefins are assessed.  Comparative economics are presented for full-range technologies (Chevron Phillips, INEOS, Shell, SABIC/Linde, Axens, Idemitsu) and on-purpose production of butene-1 (Axens, Zeon), hexene-1 (Chevron Phillips, Axens, Sasol), and octene-1 (Dow, Sasol).  A regional market overview is also included.
Nov 2019
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Polymers and Plastics

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (2019 Program)

The process technology and production economics for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) resin, rods and yarn are presented.  Cost of production estimates have been developed on a USGC, China, Western Europe, and Japan basis.  Demand by end use, and capacity analysis is provided for major global regions for UHMWPE resin.
Oct 2019
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Technology and Costs - Cost Curve Models - Ethylene and Polyethylene - 2018

The 2018 Cost Curve Analysis model for Ethylene and Polyethylene combines Nexant’s global plant capacity database and views on supply and demand with an extensive cost of production database and Nexant’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.    
Oct 2019
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Technology and Costs - Cost Curve Models - Propylene and Polypropylene - 2018

The 2018 Cost Curve Analysis model for Propylene and Polypropylene combines Nexant’s global plant capacity database and views on supply and demand with an extensive cost of production database and Nexant’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.    

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