Apr 2021. Ethylene is primarily a petrochemically derived monomer used as a feedstock in the manufacture of plastics, fibers, and other organic chemicals that are ultimately consumed in the packaging, transportation, and construction industries, as well as many other industrial and consumer markets. Nondurable or consumable end uses—in particular, packaging—account for more than half of all ethylene derivative consumption worldwide. One particular plastic resin, polyethylene, accounts for most of the total ethylene consumption. Because ethylene is one of the largest-volume petrochemicals worldwide, with a diverse derivative portfolio (including nondurable and durable end uses), ethylene consumption is sensitive to both economic and energy cycles. Because of its size and broad usage, ethylene is also often used as a benchmark for the performance of the entire petrochemical industry.
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- Publish Date: 2021-04-15
- Chemical Focus: Olefins
- Number of Pages: 167
- Content Type: Report
- Delivery: Email with link to PDF file
- Global summary; regional coverage
- Producers with annual capacities and plant sites
- Consumption and five-year forecast by end-use application
- Price and production figures and trends
- Trade imports and exports
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