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Feb 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

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.
Dec 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Commercial Bioplastics (2020 Program)

This report analyzes the technoeconomic developments in only commercial bioplastics technologies. Relevant commercial technologies processes and high level economics are presented. Impacts on the conventional industry, trends and drivers are also discussed.
Dec 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
C1 Chemicals and Fertilizers

Caprolactam (2020 Program)

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the caprolactam industry.  In addition to conventional caprolactam production from cyclohexane and phenol, this report also includes coverage of processes using non-conventional feedstocks.The analysis provides cost of production estimates for commercial and developing technologies for caprolactam production, within the USGC, Western Europe and China regions. Market analysis and an industry overview are also included to illustrate the commercial aspect of the industry.   
Dec 2020
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Polymers and Plastics

LLDPE (2020 Program)

The process technologies and production economics for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), including LLDPE/HDPE swing processes are presented.  Processes from major technology developers are reviewed.  Cost of production estimates have been developed on a USGC, China, and Middle East basis for conventional and second generation resins.  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. 
Dec 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Thermoplastic Starch (2020 Program)

The purpose of this study is to analyze developments in thermoplastic starch and thermoplastic starch blends as replacements for conventional petrochemical polymers.  The report examines the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing thermoplastic starch and thermoplastic starch blends, and their relative costs by region against conventional polypropylene and HDPE. 
Nov 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Ethylene, Ethylene Oxide, and Ethylene Glycol (2020 Program)

This report investigates the various commercial and developmental routes for the production of renewable ethylene.  Ethanol, bionaphtha, and methanol are all investigated as biofeedstocks for ethylene, as well as sugar and glycerin based routes directly to ethylene glycol.  Cost of production models, process descriptions, capacity analysis and implications for the conventional industry are included. 
Nov 2020
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Polymers and Plastics

ABS/SAN Resins (2020 Program)

ABS is produced by the mass (or bulk) or emulsion/mass hybrid polymerization of three monomers: acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene.   Additionally, pre-polymerized materials can be compounded together to produce ABS.  This technoeconomic report includes production economics for world-scale mass, hybrid, and compounding routes to produce ABS.  The analysis was prepared for plants located in the U. S. Gulf Coast, Western Europe, and Coastal China.
Nov 2020
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Polymers and Plastics

Melamine (2020 Program)

This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry, properties, technology, and development trends of melamine.  The report provides melamine economics for several different global locations (USGC, Western Europe and China) under a consistent 1Q2020 price scenario. An analysis for stand-alone melamine and integrated urea-melamine facilities are also provided. The report also offers melamine reference lists for major licensors and manufacturers.
Oct 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Tire Pyrolysis (2020 Program)

This report discusses the process technologies and economic considerations for tire pyrolysis, which is the thermal degradation of end-of-life tires to produce pyrolysis oil, pyrolysis gas, and char, which can be processed to produce recovered carbon black (rCB). The current status of the industry, and its potential outlook is discussed, as are production economics and viability in North America and Western Europe.
Sep 2020
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Polymers and Plastics

Polyurethanes (2020 Program)

This report is a comprehensive analysis of the polyurethane industry. The analysis provides cost of production estimates for the major types of polyurethane as well as formulations and estimated raw material costs for over 20 more specialized types. An overview of the sustainability of the value chain is made with introductions to key recycling technologies. Market estimates and an industry overview are also included to outline the commercial aspect of the industry.

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