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PHENOL • ACETONE & DERIVATIVES

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You produce and consume phenol and acetone & derivatives; we provide the business intelligence you need to do so effectively and profitability.

Tecnon OrbiChem's online business intelligence platform, OrbiChem360, can help senior management level personnel, including procurement managers and business segment managers, make timely, well-informed decisions based on reliable and accurate data and analysis of key factors shaping the phenol and acetone markets.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides detailed and comprehensive coverage of markets, prices, developments and trends for the global phenol and acetone industry including key derivative products methyl methacrylate and bisphenol A and polycarbonate. We also provide informative tables and charts highlighting key trade statistics, regional price comparisons, and production/consumption trends.

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  • Provides data on future production plants and capacity changes
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  • Provides market information on the global phenol and acetone industry, including major downstream derivatives such as methyl methacrylate, bisphenol A and polycarbonate
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  • Up-to-date information regarding supply/demand featuring country, regional and global views

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Phenol is primarily produced from cumene, although it can also be made from benzoic acid or chlorobenzene. Phenol’s main uses are in the manufacture of phenolic resins, for plywood and moulding powders, and in bisphenol A (BPA) an intermediate for the manufacture of epoxy and polycarbonate resins. Phenol can also be used to produce caprolactam.

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Acetone is primarily used as a chemical intermediate and as a solvent. As a chemical intermediate acetone is used to produce bisphenol A, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and MIBK, as well as diacetone alcohol (DAA) and hexylene glycol. As a solvent, acetone is used for acetylene storage, varnishes, lacquers, printing inks, adhesives and cellulose resins.

red-down-arrowCumene Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Cumene is manufactured from benzene and propylene and is used almost exclusively to produce phenol and its co-product acetone. There is also some small, residual consumption into acetophenone and alpha-methyl-styrene (for ABS).

red-down-arrowCyclohexanone Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Cyclohexanone is the main raw material for the production of caprolactam. This is the dominant end use, which means that almost all production is in the hands of caprolactam producers. It can be made either from cyclohexane or from phenol. When it is made from cyclohexane also cyclohexanol is co-produced, from which it is separated by distillation. When phenol is the starting material, cyclohexanol is the sole product, which is then de-hyrogenated to cyclohexanone. The other main use is as a solvent, for example for wood varnishes and polyurethane systems.

red-down-arrowMethyl Methacrylate Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

MMA is used in polymers (PMMA) in various forms such as cast sheets, latices and moulding and extrusion polymers. Applications include advertising signs, aircraft windows, desk tops, lighting fixtures, building panels and plumbing/bathroom fixtures, as well as LED TV screen panels and light guide plates for LED TV. MMA is also used as a co-monomer in paints and coatings applications. Most MMA plants use the ACH route to produce MMA but Mitsubishi also has an Alpha process, based on ethylene, methanol and carbon monoxide.

red-down-arrowBisphenol A Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Bisphenol A (BPA) is made from acetone and phenol and is an intermediate in the manufacture of epoxy resins and of polycarbonate resins. The ratio of BPA use is approximately 40:60 as between epoxy and polycarbonate resins. The rapid growth of polycarbonate resins in recent years has seen an increase in the number of BPA manufacturing sites world-wide.

red-down-arrowPolycarbonate Resin Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polycarbonate resins are made from phosgene and bisphenol A (BPA) though a newer, greener process now employs dimethyl carbonate and BPA. The principal use is in the electronics sector for components and housings where its good electrical insulation, heat resistance and flame retardant properties are at a premium. Other uses include extruded sheets in construction, glazing in the automotive sector and medical use. Optical media applications such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs has declined. Polycarbonate resin production is predominantly in Asia where most volume applications are located.

Phenol
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Phenol is primarily produced from cumene, although it can also be made from benzoic acid or chlorobenzene. Phenol’s main uses are in the manufacture of phenolic resins, for plywood and moulding powders, and in bisphenol A (BPA) an intermediate for the manufacture of epoxy and polycarbonate resins. Phenol can also be used to produce caprolactam.

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Acetone
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Acetone is primarily used as a chemical intermediate and as a solvent. As a chemical intermediate acetone is used to produce bisphenol A, methyl methacrylate (MMA) and MIBK, as well as diacetone alcohol (DAA) and hexylene glycol. As a solvent, acetone is used for acetylene storage, varnishes, lacquers, printing inks, adhesives and cellulose resins.

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Cumene
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Cumene is manufactured from benzene and propylene and is used almost exclusively to produce phenol and its co-product acetone. There is also some small, residual consumption into acetophenone and alpha-methyl-styrene (for ABS).

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Cyclohexanone
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Cyclohexanone is the main raw material for the production of caprolactam. This is the dominant end use, which means that almost all production is in the hands of caprolactam producers. It can be made either from cyclohexane or from phenol. When it is made from cyclohexane also cyclohexanol is co-produced, from which it is separated by distillation. When phenol is the starting material, cyclohexanol is the sole product, which is then de-hyrogenated to cyclohexanone. The other main use is as a solvent, for example for wood varnishes and polyurethane systems.

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Methyl Methacrylate
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MMA is used in polymers (PMMA) in various forms such as cast sheets, latices and moulding and extrusion polymers. Applications include advertising signs, aircraft windows, desk tops, lighting fixtures, building panels and plumbing/bathroom fixtures, as well as LED TV screen panels and light guide plates for LED TV. MMA is also used as a co-monomer in paints and coatings applications. Most MMA plants use the ACH route to produce MMA but Mitsubishi also has an Alpha process, based on ethylene, methanol and carbon monoxide.

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  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Bisphenol A
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Bisphenol A (BPA) is made from acetone and phenol and is an intermediate in the manufacture of epoxy resins and of polycarbonate resins. The ratio of BPA use is approximately 40:60 as between epoxy and polycarbonate resins. The rapid growth of polycarbonate resins in recent years has seen an increase in the number of BPA manufacturing sites world-wide.

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  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Polycarbonate Resin
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Polycarbonate resins are made from phosgene and bisphenol A (BPA) though a newer, greener process now employs dimethyl carbonate and BPA. The principal use is in the electronics sector for components and housings where its good electrical insulation, heat resistance and flame retardant properties are at a premium. Other uses include extruded sheets in construction, glazing in the automotive sector and medical use. Optical media applications such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs has declined. Polycarbonate resin production is predominantly in Asia where most volume applications are located.

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  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

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Tecnon OrbiChem’s business information services offer a full range of analysis, price data, and price forecasts for phenol and acetone, key downstream derivatives and important feedstock markets.

Regular updates of economic news and industry events that shape market trends, plus price histories and future capacity changes, provide senior executives and company managers a full view of market activity and add proper perspective to the industry.

About Phenol • Acetone & Derivatives

Phenol is a commercially important chemical intermediate. Among its derivatives are phenol-formaldehyde resins, alkyl phenols, adipic acid and antioxidants. Another chemical derivative is caprolactam and this is used to produce nylon. Phenol derivatives are also used in detergents, herbicides and pharmaceutical drugs. Its main chemical derivative is bisphenol A, which is used in the manufacture of plastics such as polycarbonates and epoxy resins.

Acetone is a co-product of phenol and this is mainly used as a solvent and in the production of methyl methacrylate and bisphenol A. It is also used in household products such as nail polish remover and paint thinner.

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