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Aluminium cans for beverages, which are coated with the chemical bisphenol A on the inside.

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Bisphenol A Ban by the Back Door: The 21st Century Way

Despite being a key component of epoxy resins and polycarbonates, and an additive that makes unsaturated polyester resins stronger and resistant to...

A graph showing the volatility of global acetic acid prices between 2020 and 2023.

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Biobased Acetic Acid: Making a Key Chemicals Feedstock Sustainable

Acetic acid has been made by biobased routes for centuries, albeit in a dilute form. If wine or other alcoholic beverage made by fermentation is...

A montage of the free-to-download ebook showing each of its three pages.

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Chemicals Output in a Conflict-locked Post-Covid World

Earlier this year, BASF Chairman Martin Brudermüller warned that Europe was increasingly losing its chemicals sector competitive edge. His comments...

A graph line showing some of the spot and contract prices for maleic anhydride globally between 2013 and 2023.

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Maleic Anhydride Markets Globally at Mid-year 2023

The global maleic anhydride market continues to be under downward pressure in 2023 amid the economic slowdown. Like many other products in the...

A graph line showing United States chlorine price versus chlor-alkali plant utilization from 2014 to 2023.

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Chlorine and Derivatives Markets at Mid-year 2023

The markets for chlor-alkali have faltered during the first half of 2023, as projected in our early-year analysis of these markets. As predicted, the...

Graph of Turkey UPR exports, January to March 2023.

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Unsaturated Polyester Resins Markets: Looking to Q4 2023

As we reached the mid-point of last year, unsaturated polyester resin market participants in the US were surfing a relatively novel wave. While many...

Graph indicating global propylene price trends from January - June 2023.

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Plasticizers and Their Raw Materials: eBook of Mid-year Analysis

Plasticizer market participants and producers within the sector's supply chain – plus raw materials producers – began the year with breath baited....

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Orthoxylene & Phthalic Anhydride Markets: Mid-year 2023

The Asia-focused supplement to our January 2023 blog post Orthoxylene - phthalic anhydride outlook for 2023 & year in review contained interviews...

Graph showing market change in TDI prices from 2015-2023.

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Global Isocyanates Markets 2023: Mid-Year Review

A whitepaper Tecnon OrbiChem published earlier in 2023 outlined the reasons why isocyanates markets had been seasonally quiet a year prior. Logistics...

Container ships docked at port with cargo containers

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How to Plan and Budget for Direct Materials Purchases

Budgets are financial plans that play a crucial role in the success and profitability of businesses. For companies that rely on raw materials as...

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...