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Product Focus: Cumene

11:52 AM MDT | April 18, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Prices U.S.: 57.5 cts/lb del, March contracts Outlook Worldwide demand for cumene is expected to grow slightly more than 4%/year during 2006-11, says SRI Consulting (SRIC; Menlo Park, CA). Demand in China, however, is particularly strong, increasing more than 22%/year during the same time period, SRIC says. Increased bisphenol-A (BPA) production is also driving growth, it adds. Cumene is a precursor to phenol and acetone, which is used to produce BPA. Cumene capacity worldwide is about 14.5 million m.t./year. However, there is speculation that an additional 1.7...

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