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ACC CAB up on equity prices
Although winter weather continued to negatively affect the economy, ACC says equity prices in the chemical industry drove the monthly chemical activity barometer up—showing a 0.3% gain over March on a three-month moving average basis. ACC says this gain points to modest but continued growth through the...

ACC regional production index up in February
ACC today released its monthly chemical production regional index (CPRI), which measures production by global region, up 0.5% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in February. ACC says this indicates that the good start to 2014 continues. “Production gains in the Asia-Pacific and Africa and...

ACC: Chemical activity flattens on harsh winter
ACC has released its monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), showing that the nine consecutive months of gains have come to a close. Seasonal factors from unusually harsh winter weather across parts of the United States have likely skewed statistical reporting from government agencies, ACC says. On a...

ACC: US chemical production edges up in January
ACC has released its monthly US Chemical Production Regional Index, indicating a 0.3% rise in January, following a 0.6% gain in December 2013. ACC says production continued to move higher in all seven regions of the United States during January. On a three-month moving average basis, manufacturing sector...

ACC's Chemical Activity Barometer posts January increase
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), showing continued growth and an improving US economy. The January CAB ticked up to 94, increasing 0.2% over December on a 3-month moving average (3MMA) basis. This marks the ninth consecutive monthly gain for the CAB, which is now up 2.6% from...

ACC CAB up in October, signaling strong fourth quarter
ACC says that its monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) increased 0.3% in October on a three-month moving average basis and remains up 3.1% year-on-year (YOY). The CAB remains at its highest point since June 2008, ACC says.  “Despite the uncertainty being fueled by political...

ACC reports highest gain in monthly CAB since 2008
ACC’s September chemical activity barometer (CAB) is at the highest level since June 2008—forecasting an upside to the US economy and economic expansion into 2015, ACC says. On a three-month moving average basis, the September reading increased 0.4% over August. Year-on-year, the CAB is...

ACC's CAB indicates strengthening US economy
ACC today released its monthly chemical activity barometer (CAB), indicating a 0.1% increase over July on a three-month moving average basis, marking the fourth consecutive monthly gain. Year-on-year (YOY), the CAB is up 3.8%—the largest YOY increase since September 2010, ACC says. ACC also says the...

ACC economic indicator survey forecasts continued US growth
ACC has released its chemical activity barometer (CAB) for May, showing continued US economic growth. The CAB increased 0.3% over May on a 3-month moving average basis—the 11th consecutive monthly gain—and is up 3.5% year-on-year. ACC says heightened production of plastic resins used in...

ACC: Chemical production slips in April
ACC says the US Chemical Production Regional Index slipped 0.1% in April, following a downward revision of 0.5% in March. On a 3-month moving average basis, manufacturing output gained 0.1% in April, following a similar gain in March. Overall chemical production was mixed: Gains in the output of adhesives...


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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