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Tecnon OrbiChem biomaterials expert Doris de Guzman presents at Renewable Materials Conference in Siegburg, Cologne, Germany at the end of May 2023.

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Future Funding: Billion-dollar Policy Offers US Bioeconomy a Lifeline

Chemical companies are struggling to find markets as weak demand – driven by inflation fears – permeates the economy worldwide. Manufacturing...

Trade flow graphs depicting upwards trajectories.

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Caustic Soda Trade in Global Markets: Mid-Year Review 2023

The chlor-alkali sector is uniquely positioned to act as a litmus test for the global economy, making its ripples around trade indicative of what is...

The Singapore skyline at night provides the background for information on the Tecnon OrbiChem conference organsied with partner ICIS.

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26th World Chlor-alkali Conference: History & agenda

In just a few weeks, Tecnon OrbiChem and partner I•C•I•S co-host their 26th World Chlor-Alkali Conference in Singapore. Our founder Charles Fryer...

Imports to the EU per origin country for PET used in plastic packaging.

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PET & its raw materials: Outlook for 2023, & 2022 in review

As we look to the PET sector's high season - Q2 2023 - market participants will be keen to lower the paraxylene cost disparity compared to Asia. It...

Headshots of the three speakers that will explore low carbon fuels and feedstocks at the AFPM breakfast event.

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Transforming fuels & feedstock: Old carbon to low carbon - AFPM talk

What do chemicals, forestry and renewable fuels value chains all have in common? Well, we've selected a trio of thought leaders to tell you......

Chemical fluids coloured pink and green in glassware on a black background with coloured shapes.

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Chemicals industry crystal ball: Pricing up over 40 chemicals to 2024

The final white paper in the series A chemicals industry crystal ball leverages datasets from Tecnon OrbiChem's ChemForesight service to indicate...

A schematic representation of bio-aromatics production incorporating images of food waste, straw, chemical figure drawings and paint pots

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Biobased phthalic anhydride: Can this key feedstock be green?

Phthalic anhydride is a key chemical intermediate in applications from phthalate plasticisers to polyesters. Many types of polyesters can be made via...

Image shows a map of Ukraine and the surrounding countries

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Ukraine-Russia: Trade impact analysis Autumn 2022

Already high, volatile and uncertain gas prices – within Europe in particular – were exacerbated by the suspected sabotage of Baltic Sea gas pipes at...

A bar & line graph showing global caustic soda capacity by region versus consumption rates from 2018-2030.

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Next global chemical shortage, caustic soda

Caustic soda demand could exceed global capacity in the latter half of this decade. That’s what analysis of trends versus current and future...

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Chlor-alkali 2022: Key factors driving China's markets

China’s Dual Control Policy sharply reduced caustic soda production in the country in Q4 2021. The policy's impact on particular chemical value...

Image shows Ukraine, Russia Belarus and some surrounding countries

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Chemical industry: Russia–Ukraine war impact analysis July 2022

Russian-origin raw material for unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) production is entering Turkey before sale to European buyers as end product....

Image shows an infographic of the potential for wood-based materials to replace traditionally used materials liek plastic and aluminium

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Paper-Polymer-Plastic: A new 'Rock Paper Scissors' game for the packaging sector

A report from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program estimates that new sustainable products and practice within seven...