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Published: September 2012
Ethyleneamines are used in a wide range of applications, primarily as reactive intermediates used to produce other useful chemical products. Although there have been some advancements in end-use markets in terms of chemistry and technology, the functionality requirements of ethyleneamines products have changed very little.
Ethyleneamines are used in the production of chelating agents, agricultural compounds (mainly fungicides), lube oil additives, oil field chemicals, and paper wet-strength resins, and in surfactants and fabric softeners. They also have applications in pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and urethane chemicals/catalysts.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of ethyleneamines:
The following will have an impact on global growth in consumption of ethyleneamines in various compounds during 2012–2018.
The construction market, which includes adhesives and sealants, asphalt additives, concrete admixtures and protective coatings, is projected to grow at greater than GDP rates at 3–5% annually, led by growth in Asia.
Wind power capacity will continue to expand, increasing demand for ethyleneamines in the production of wind turbine blades. Over the past ten years, wind power capacity has grown at rates of over 30% annually to around 120 gigawatts (GW) in 2008, with forecasts to over 240 GW in 2012, which is growth in excess of 20% annually. Conservative growth estimates project capacity at 351 GW in 2020 and 494 GW in 2030, but it could be much higher. As blades have grown in length (up to 75 meters), lower-molecular-weight ethyleneamines such as ethylenediamine are being used more, as are polyetheramines since they cure more slowly, making the blades stronger.
Oil field chemicals are forecast to rise at a rate of 4–8% annually, driven by increased drilling activity, as producers strive to maintain production levels, and as deepwater drilling and shale oil/gas extraction increase.
Growth in the consumption of ethyleneamines is forecast at 5.0% annually during 2012–2018. China is projected to have the highest growth rate at almost 9.5%, followed by Other Asia (about 6%) and the Middle East (about 5%).