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Propylene Glycols

Chemical Economics Handbook

Contents

Executive summary 6
Summary 7
Supply/demand overview 7
Industry characteristics 7
Introduction 11
Manufacturing processes 12
From propylene oxide 12
Monopropylene glycol 12
Monopropylene glycol by transesterification 12
Dipropylene glycol and tripropylene glycol 13
Direct synthesis from propylene and hydrogen peroxide 13
From renewable feedstocks 13
From glycerin 13
From sorbitol 14
Technology 14
Environmental issues 16
Supply and demand by region 17
United States 17
Producing companies 17
Salient statistics 18
Monopropylene glycol 18
Dipropylene glycol 19
Tripropylene glycol 20
Consumption 21
Monopropylene glycol 22
Functional fluids 23
Cosmetics and personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and human food 25
Unsaturated polyester resins 26
Liquid detergents 27
Paints and coatings 27
Tobacco humectant 27
Other 28
Dipropylene glycol 30
Tripropylene glycol 31
Price 32
Trade 33
Imports 33
Exports 35
Canada 36
Producing companies 36
Salient statistics 36
Consumption 37
Price 37
Trade 38
Mexico 38
Producing companies 38
Salient statistics 38
Consumption 39
Price 39
Trade 40
Central and South America 40
Producing companies 40
Salient statistics 40
Consumption 41
Price 42
Trade 42
Western Europe 43
Producing companies 43
Salient statistics 45
Consumption 46
Unsaturated polyester resins 47
Technical 48
Functional fluids 48
Solvents 48
Food, feed, personal care, and pharmaceuticals 48
Price 49
Trade 50
Central and Eastern Europe 51
Producing companies 51
Salient statistics 52
Consumption 52
Price 54
Trade 54
Middle East 55
Producing companies 55
Salient statistics 55
Africa 56
Indian Subcontinent 58
Producing companies 58
Salient statistics 59
Consumption 59
Price 60
Trade 61
China 62
Producing companies 62
Salient statistics 64
Consumption 65
Industrial grades 65
Unsaturated polyester resins 66
Polyether polyols manufacture 66
Other functional fluids 66
Food or pharmaceutical grades 67
Tobacco humectant 67
Food industry 67
Personal care products 67
Pharmaceuticals 67
Other 67
Price 68
Trade 68
Northeast Asia 69
Producing companies 69
Salient statistics 71
Japan 71
South Korea 72
Taiwan 73
Consumption 74
Overview 74
Japan 75
Monopropylene glycol 76
Di- and tripropylene glycols 78
Price 78
Trade 79
Southeast Asia 80
Producing companies 80
Salient statistics 82
Consumption 82
Price 83
Trade 84
Additional resources 86
Revisions 87
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