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ACC chemical barometer falls in October
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), posting a 0.1% decrease in activity over October, measured on a 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. However, despite the decline, ACC says the CAB still signals further US economic activity through the second quarter of 2015. Year-over-year...

ACC: Global CPRI inches up, production slows in third quarter
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today released its monthly global chemical production index (Global CPRI), with the CPRI rising 0.1% over September on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Production in the third quarter ended on a slow note, ACC says. Gains in production were centered in North...

ACC's global chemical production index shows slow growth in third quarter
ACC has released its global chemical regional production index (Global CPRI), showing moderately positive growth as the global economy heads into the fourth quarter. The Global CPRI rose 0.2% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in August, indicating tepid growth throughout the third quarter. Key...

ACC reports slow growth in monthly activity barometer
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), which measures indicators related to the growth of the US chemical industry. The CAB gained just 0.1% over the month of August, measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Growth for the third quarter stands at an average monthly...

ACC: CAB inches up over July
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), showing moderate growth over July. Measured on a three-month moving average basis, the CAB increased 0.2% over July, a deceleration from the 0.4% gain in July. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains have the CAB up a solid 4.3%...

ACC's global chemical production index inches up
ACC today released its global chemical regional production index (CPRI), showing a 0.1% rise on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in July—indicating that growth remained tepid at the start of the second half. Production increased in North America, Africa, the Mideast, and Asia/Pacific, ACC...

ACC global production index flat for second month
ACC today released its global chemical regional production index, showing a flat measurement over June for the second month in a row on a three-month moving average basis (3MMA)—indicating stalled growth in the second quarter, with activity slightly up from the first quarter. Production gains occurred...

ACC: US chemical production increases over June
ACC today released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI). Following an upwardly revised 0.5% production gain in May, the US CPRI rose 0.3% in June, with output up in all regions. Year-over-year (YOY) through June, total chemical production in all regions was up 1.3%, following a revised 1.4%...

ACC: Global CPRI indicates slow growth in second quarter
ACC today released its global chemical production regional index (CPRI), measuring the production volume of the chemical industry for 33 nations, regions, and subregions—compared with the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) production indices. The global CPRI rose 0.1% on a three-month moving average (3MMA)...

ACC: Chemical production up in May
ACC says that, following a 0.6% gain in April, the US Chemical Production Regional Index was 0.4% higher in May and chemical output was higher in all regions except the West Coast. On a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, chemical output was 0.5% higher for May. Within the manufacturing sector...


Biodiesel

Published November 2006

Report Abstract

The global biodiesel industry is among the fastest-growing markets the chemical industry has ever seen. World capacity, production and consumption of biodiesel grew on average by 32% per year during 2000–2005, and the industry looks set for even faster growth rates—115% per year for capacity, and 101% per year for demand—in the years to 2008 and beyond. This 548-page CEH study is a comprehensive report on the expansion of this market, and contains country-by-country forecasts to the year 2010 for production capacity, production and consumption.
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Biomass Gasification

Report Abstract

Biomass is poised to provide a significant renewable source of energy and materials. Biomass in the form of forestry and agricultural residues is the oldest energy source used by mankind but was replaced by fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum. Today biomass is responsible for 11% of the energy needs globally but only 3% in the developed countries.
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Ethanol from Bagasse

Report Abstract

Ethanol's biggest problem as a fuel is its high cost. The U.S. wholesale price in 2002 was around $1.10 per gallon.
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Ethanol Production in Brazil

Published October 2006

Report Abstract

World ethanol production is undergoing spectacular growth. Brazil, the world’s leading fuel ethanol producer until 2005, is continuing to expand production. Domestic consumption of the renewable fuel continues to rise and important export markets are being developed in Asia, Europe and North America.
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Fats and Oils Industry Overview

Published October 2005

Report Abstract

China, Malaysia, the United States, the European Union, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Argentina are notable fats and oils–producing countries, and China, the European Union and India are notable high-demand areas that must supplement regional production through imports. The following graph shows world production and consumption by country/region: Global fats and oils consumption will grow at an average annual rate of 4%, mainly as a result of growth in China and India. Growing economies, large populations and improving incomes will increase per capita demand for oils and fats in these countries.
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Glycerin

Published November 2005

Report Abstract

The glycerin market is heavily oversupplied. Massive amounts of raw glycerin (as a by-product of biodiesel production) are overstocking the market in Western Europe, while glycerin output in Asia went up as a result of increased oleochemicals production. A combination of substantial growth in the larger applications (such as personal/oral care products, drugs, and food and beverages) as well as in the traditionally mature end uses contributed to glycerin’s consumption increase.
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Methanol

Published July 2007

Report Abstract

Methanol is one of the most important commodity chemicals as it is used as a raw material in several intermediate chemicals and end uses. Since it was originally produced as a by-product of wood carbonization, it is sometimes referred to as wood alcohol. Over the last two decades, a major shift in regional methanol capacity and production has occurred.
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Climate Change Business  Leaders Survey [PDF]

By KPMG

Biodegradable Polymers

Published October 2006

Report Abstract

Biodegradable polymers constitute a loosely defined family of polymers. This report includes only polymers that producers promote as fully biodegradable and that meet international standards. In 2005, the two most important commercial biodegradable polymers were polylactide (PLA) and starch-based polymers.
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Oil Field Chemicals

Report Abstract

The world market for oil field chemicals, expressed in sales dollars at the service company level, reached almost $8 billion in 2004. Sales are expected to total over $9 billion in 2009, based on volume growth and price changes in effect as of early 2005. The following pie charts provide a breakdown of the global oil field chemicals market by category and by region.
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Gasoline Octane Improvers/Oxygenates

Published April 2006

Report Abstract

Gasolines with an octane rating that satisfies market requirements are produced in refineries by blending various refinery streams that differ in composition, boiling range and octane ratings. The octane number is an expression of the antiknock property of gasoline and is defined as the percentage, by volume, of isooctane (assigned an octane number of 100) that must be mixed with n-heptane (assigned an octane number of 0) in order to match the knock intensity of the fuel that is undergoing test. Until recently, methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) was the predominant oxygenate used worldwide; however, a major shift to alternative oxygenates such as ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and ETBE is starting to occur.
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Raw Materials for Biofuels

Published December 2006

Report Abstract

Biofuels have become one of the hottest topics of this decade. Threats of diminishing petroleum production, global warming concerns and energy security have prompted an explosion of new capacity for biofuels.
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Green Building Materials

Published December 2007

Report Abstract

For centuries, humans have impacted their environment in ways both large and small. Most of this environmental impact has stemmed from the basic human need for shelter. In creating shelter, mankind has had an effect on the environment—cutting trees, clearing land, and creating waste by-products, as well as bringing about other unintentional environmental consequences.
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