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Chemical Economics Handbook

Propylene Glycols

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 5
Summary 6
Supply/demand overview 6
Industry characteristics 7
Introduction 10
Manufacturing processes 11
From propylene oxide 11
Monopropylene glycol 11
Monopropylene glycol by transesterification 11
Dipropylene glycol and tripropylene glycol 12
From renewable feedstocks 12
From glycerin 12
From sorbitol 13
Technologies 13
Environmental issues 14
Supply and demand by region 15
United States 15
Producing companies 15
Salient statistics 16
Monopropylene glycol 16
Dipropylene glycol 17
Tripropylene glycol 19
Consumption 20
Monopropylene glycol 20
Functional fluids 21
Cosmetics and personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and human food 23
Unsaturated polyester resins 23
Liquid detergents 24
Paints and coatings 25
Tobacco humectant 25
Other 25
Dipropylene glycol 27
Tripropylene glycol 28
Price 29
Trade 31
Imports 32
Exports 34
Canada 36
Producing companies 37
Salient statistics 37
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 42
Price 42
Trade 43
Western Europe 44
Producing companies 44
Salient statistics 46
Consumption 48
Unsaturated polyester resins 49
Technical 49
Functional fluids 49
Solvents 50
Food, feed, personal care, and pharmaceuticals 50
Price 50
Trade 51
Central and Eastern Europe 52
Producing companies 52
Salient statistics 53
Consumption 54
Price 55
Trade 55
Middle East 56
Producing companies 56
Salient statistics 56
Africa 57
China 58
Producing companies 58
Salient statistics 60
Consumption 61
Industrial grades 62
Unsaturated polyester resins 62
Polyether polyols manufacture 62
Other functional fluids 63
Food or pharmaceutical grades 63
Tobacco humectant 63
Food industry 63
Personal care products 63
Pharmaceuticals 64
Other 64
Price 64
Trade 64
Japan 65
Producing companies 65
Salient statistics 66
Consumption 67
Price 69
Trade 71
Other Asia 72
Producing companies 72
Salient statistics 73
India 74
Singapore 74
South Korea 75
Taiwan 76
Thailand 77
Oceania 78
Bibliography 80

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