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TD The Market Publishers Ltd

June 30, 2016 09:24 ET

Cutting-Edge Chemical Markets Research Studies by Merchant Research & Consulting Recently Added at mcgroup.co.uk

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - June 30, 2016) - Merchant Research & Consulting, Ltd. informs that new research reports, covering various chemical markets, have been recently added at its website.

New Chemical Markets Research Reports Include:

Bentonite: 2016 World Market Review and Forecast. New technologies and innovations are playing an important role in bentonite market development, and leading companies in the field are paying the closest attention to such technologies, seeking in them a constant source of new applications and added value. The vivid example is Amcol International, which is a primary producer of both calcium and sodium bentonite for industrial, environmental and consumer-related uses. The company operates a strong research team composed of PhD scientists with a range of expertise including mineralogy, synthesis, catalysis and engineering. Amcol, through its subsidiary Nanocor, has developed 'Nanomer' bentonite-based nanoclays, which, when dispersed in a polymer matrix, form a near-molecular blend called a plastic nanocomposite. According to Amcol and Nanocor, Nanomer nanoclays provide plastics product development teams with exciting new polymer enhancement and modification options, thus creating new possibilities of applying bentonite clays in packaging, engineering, automotive and other industrial applications.

Feldspar: 2016 World Market Review and Forecast. The global feldspar market is characterized by uneven spread of resources and production facilities, as well as by a relatively large degree of monopolization on the level of many regional markets. Being dominated by mostly US and European companies (Unimin Corporation/Sibelco, Minerali Industriali S.r.l., I-minerals Inc., Imerys SA, etc.), the market has become an arena of acute competitive struggle between them. Sometimes not directly related to feldspar, the competition between these companies manifests in legal action, like the one between Unimin and I-minerals over quartz production technology and technological "secrets." Competition is also invigorated by the shortage of high quality feldspars, especially K-feldspars, whose specifications comply with specific requirements with respect to content, impurities, physical characteristics, etc. Such fine grade feldspars are in high demand and in short supply; they are treasured by specialist ceramic and glass applications as the demand for high-strength specialized glass is quite robust.

Formaldehyde: 2016 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2020. According to a report released in 2014 by the US National Research Council (NRC), formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen and it can be associated with cancer in humans at higher exposure. The cases of hazardous formaldehyde exposure are well-documented and have become a matter of litigation, like the one over elevated levels of formaldehyde in trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Some specialists and industry associations (e.g. the American Chemistry Council or ACC) argue that hazards related to formaldehyde should be correlated with its exposure levels and its application conditions (product quality, environment, usage culture, etc), so formaldehyde could not be considered intrinsically dangerous and as such it can be safely used. Safety concerns remain one of the main constraints of the global market for formaldehyde, which finds application in many industries. Industry anticipates that possible regulatory decisions could be detrimental for the market and require that any decisions leading to formaldehyde use restrictions should be scientifically proven in a very stringent manner.

Polybutadiene Rubber (BR): 2016 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2020. The major use of polybutadiene rubber (PBR) is in tires and retread tires with over 70% of the polymer produced going into treads and sidewalls. This segment is heavily influenced by environmental and safety regulations, carbon dioxide reduction goals, advanced standards in fuel consumption and the general inclination to use products with better performance. The mandatory labeling of tire performance, including rolling resistance parameters, has been implemented in several countries, including Korea, Japan (in 2010) and the EU countries (in 2012). Pending regulation is expected in China (in 2019), the USA, Russia, Brazil and India. To this extent, such elastomer products as neodymium polybutadiene rubber (Nd-PBR), which can become an efficient component of the so-called green tires, are in great demand due to their advanced parameters with respect to resistance to abrasion, fatigue, wear, groove cracking and rolling. For instance, Trinseo (formerly Styron) invested in neodymium polybutadiene rubbers (Nd-PBR) at its facility in Schkopau (Germany) by converting the Ni-BR production line into the Nd-BR production line in 2015. Experts believe that the demand for high-performance polybutadiene rubbers will show a double digit growth by the end of this decade.

Polypropylene (PP): 2016 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2020. The analysis of the influence of Britain's vote to leave the European Union on the chemical industry, in general, and the polypropylene market, specifically, is considered important, but extremely difficult in the current uncertain situation. The multi-factor analysis of Britain's decision should take into consideration spatial and temporal scales and have several dimensions subject to a specific product, region or period. The immediate consequence already included sterling weakening, which might be temporary advantageous for some British exporters. Other short-term implication was the fall in stock prices of some companies in UK, across Europe and other regions. In UK the biggest fallers with respect to shares have been so far major British construction companies such as Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon Group and Barratt Developments. The UK polypropylene production is dominated by two multinational companies, which are nevertheless heavily rooted in UK and Europe. These are LyondellBasell Industries (with a PP plant in Carrington) and Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe (with a PP plant in Grangemouth). The bulk of UK polypropylene export and import is associated with Europe. In this case, the current uncertainty and possible trade barriers in future will hardly provide any benefits, though opportunities of improving ties with other regions may partially offset issues. However, most experts anticipate hard times for the UK and European chemical sectors, which could hardly boast good competitiveness even without Brexit. The sector has been characterized by excessive regulation and high energy prices.

Many other trustworthy insightful research studies exploring various chemical markets are available at Merchant Research & Consulting website.

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