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Polyvinyl Alcohol

Chemical Economics Handbook

Contents

Executive summary 6
Summary 7
Introduction 14
Manufacturing processes 15
Environmental issues 16
Supply and demand by region 17
North America 17
United States 17
Producing companies 17
Salient statistics 18
Consumption 19
Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) 20
Adhesives 21
Textile warp sizing 22
Polymerization aids 22
Paper sizings and coatings 23
Other 23
Trade 23
Imports 24
Exports 24
Canada 25
Salient statistics 25
Consumption 26
Trade 26
Mexico 26
Salient statistics 26
Consumption 27
Trade 27
South America 28
Salient statistics 28
Consumption 29
Trade 29
Western Europe 29
Producing companies 29
Salient statistics 31
Consumption 32
Polyvinyl butyral 34
Polymerization aids 34
Paper chemicals 35
Adhesives, textile sizing, and other applications 35
Trade 36
Central Europe 37
CIS and Baltic States 38
Producing companies 38
Salient statistics 38
Consumption 39
Trade 39
Middle East and Africa 39
Indian Subcontinent 42
Northeast Asia 43
Mainland China 45
Producing companies 45
Salient statistics 46
Consumption 47
Polymerization aids 48
Textile warp sizing 48
PVOH fibers 48
Adhesives 49
Paper sizing and coatings 49
Architectural coatings 49
Other 49
Trade 50
Japan 51
Producing companies 51
Salient statistics 52
Consumption 52
PVOH fibers 54
Adhesives and polymer 55
Paper processing 55
PVOH films 55
PVOH films (optical grade) 56
Textile processing 56
Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) 56
Other 56
Trade 56
South Korea 57
Taiwan 58
Producing companies 58
Salient statistics 58
Consumption 59
Trade 59
Southeast Asia 60
Additional resources 61
Revisions 63
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