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Market Growth Seen for Non-Phthalate Alternatives

8:12 AM MDT | July 20, 2012 | —Helen Weeks (helen.Weeks@ihs.com)

With ever more phthalate plasticizer legislation facing plastics converters in Europe and North America, formulators, compounders, and end users are increasingly turning to non-phthalate plasticizers. Global plasticizer consumption has increased from 6.1 million m.t. to 6.7 million m.t. over the last five years. Consumption of non-phthalates as a percentage of total demand globally has remained relatively flat over that time, growing slightly from 11% to 12%, reflecting the lack of non-phthalate plasticizer use in some key markets, including China. In Europe, the...

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