Dec 2019. Methanol (or methyl alcohol) is a colorless liquid essentially produced from natural gas or coal. Methanol is a commodity product, which can either be used directly or further transformed to produce a wide range of chemicals that ultimately find applications in diverse sectors (construction, textiles, packaging, furniture, paints, coatings, etc.). Methanol markets are fairly fragmented; formaldehyde synthesis remains methanol’s single largest outlet. Other major outlets include the production of olefins, methyl tert-butyl ether/methyl tert-amyl ether (MTBE/TAME), blending component for gasoline, and dimethyl ether (DME). The methanol demand pattern is relatively complex and influenced by several distinct market forces, including fuel prices, fuel consumption, environmental policies, biofuel mandates, chemical demand, plastics consumption, and housing markets.
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- Publish Date: 2019-12-27
- Chemical Focus: Syngas Chemicals, Industrial Gases and Fertilizers
- Number of Pages: 113
- 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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