CEH: Glycerin Report

CEH: Glycerin

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Jul 2021. Glycerin (glycerine, glycerol, 1,2,3-propanetriol) is a polyhydric alcohol mainly derived from the production of soap, and in the conversion of fats and oils to fatty acids, fatty alcohols, or biodiesel. There are many different grades of glycerin. Refined glycerin, as discussed in this report, is purified to 99.5% and up. Traditional uses in personal and oral care, food and beverage, and tobacco markets require refined glycerin to meet USP certification, a quality standard set for human consumption. Almost all glycerin derived from fatty acids, fatty alcohols, and soap production is further refined to meet this standard. In recent years, increased output from biodiesel has resulted in an oversupply of crude glycerin, leading to a new product grade called technical glycerin that is equivalent to USP quality but does not meet USP certification requirements. Technical-grade glycerin finds significant growth in industrial applications, primarily as a renewable building block in chemicals production of epichlorohydrin, propylene glycol, and polyether polyols. Southeast Asia and Brazil are the top suppliers of refined glycerin owing to significant growth of the biodiesel industry. The global refined glycerin market will continue robust growth of 4.3% per year in 2020–25.

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  • Publish Date: 2021-07-30
  • Chemical Focus: Renewables and Nutrition
  • Number of Pages: 132
  • 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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