CEH: Phosgene Report

CEH: Phosgene

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Dec 2021. Phosgene is generated at the plant in which it is consumed in the production of p,p-methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and “polymeric” MDI (PMPPI), toluene diisocyanate (TDI), polycarbonate resins, and others. Most phosgene is consumed in the production MDI and “polymeric” MDI (PMPPI). The MDI is used in reaction injection-molding (RIM) systems, thermoplastic resins (TPUs), high-performance elastomers, and spandex fibers, as well as having some use in coatings, adhesives, and sealants. The PMMI is used primarily in the production of rigid polyurethane foams and its main applications are for building and industrial insulation and refrigeration. Consumption of phosgene for MDI/PMPPI accounted for 55% of total demand in 2021. The second-largest consumption category is for TDI, which is used to make flexible polyurethane foams, packaging, and textiles. It accounted for 27% of total phosgene demand in 2021. Polycarbonate resin accounted for 13% of total phosgene consumption. Polycarbonate is used in industrial equipment parts and electronic components. All of the dominant consumption sectors are related to the automotive and construction industries that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand for phosgene is expected to recover and grow at 4.3% per year during 2021–26.

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  • Publish Date: 2021-12-30
  • Chemical Focus: Polymers and Elastomers
  • Number of Pages: 52
  • 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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