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Engineering Thermoplastics

A line graph showing the price gap between paraxylene bought and sold in the United States compared to West Europe and Asia.

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Paraxylene Price Points: Forecasting from Firm Foundations

In today’s money, the first comprehensive world market paraxylene survey ever published would set a buyer back US$33,000. In fact, it was the...

Two graphics from Tecnon OrbiChem's chemicals business intelligence platform that show polyamide capcities and trade flows worldwide.

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Polyamide Plastics: Opportunity and Trade Options in 2024

The world has changed a great deal since ladies’ stockings introduced the new engineered thermoplastic Nylon at the New York World's Fair in 1939....

A running shoe that can be made in a one-shot injection mold process much like the Wellington Boot.

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Footwear Feedstocks Price Forecast: A Chemicals Cost Comparison

The footwear sector is huge – with as many as 24 billion pairs produced annually – but it is also quickly evolving. Whether we're talking raw...

A South Korean flag waves in the wind in the background of China's ensign.

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Chemicals Sector South Korea: Adapt or Dwindle Approach

South Korean petrochemical firms are adapting their business portfolios to combat oversupplied markets amidst a bearish demand for products.

Graph showing PTA exports from China to India.

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India Halts Imports for Key Intermediate Chemical from China

Plastics, packaging, textiles and automotive manufacturers in India are currently prohibited from sourcing purified terephthalic acid from mainland...

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...

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...

Image is a schematic infographic showing the various bio-based routes to polycarbonates

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Polycarbonates from Renewable Hydrocarbons

It’s no secret that plant-based polycarbonate (PC) can be problematic. Not only does the plastic demonstrate complex technical properties, developing...

Selection of pictures showing 3D printing materials granulate, powder, filament and liquid.

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3D Printing - Additive Manufacturing - Rapid Prototyping

Additive manufacturing (AM) – or 3D printing – is a technique for producing solid objects by arranging particles in space via a computer-controlled...

Close-up of the front side of a white car, representing thermoplastics use.

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Tecnon OrbiChem: Big Brands Pivot to Engineering Thermoplastics Potential

The petrochemical and polymer industries are amidst a major realignment as companies position themselves for growth with the low carbon/circular...

Chart showing the process of developing polycarbonates.

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Developing Renewable Polycarbonates: A Balancing Act

There are limited developments and commercialisation in the field of plant-based polycarbonates due to the complicated technical properties of the...

Test tubes used in the engineering of thermoplastics.

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Engineering Thermoplastics: Calming Markets or More Chaos Ahead?

After the tumultuous start to 2021, engineering thermoplastics market participants were expecting a return to more representative activity starting...