CEH: Polyvinyl Alcohols Report

CEH: Polyvinyl Alcohol

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June 2022. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is a water-soluble polymer, sold in both fully and partially hydrolyzed forms. Its properties vary depending on molecular weight (degree of polymerization) and fraction of acetate groups that are removed (degree of hydrolysis). PVOH is used in diverse applications, including textiles for warp sizing, adhesives, polymerization aids, pigment binders for paper, and other such applications where PVOH is used “as is.” Another major application involves converting PVOH to polyvinyl butyral, which is used as a coating to generate laminated safety glass for automotive and architectural applications. Global consumption of PVOH is forecast to grow at a rate of 4.7% from 2021 to 2026. Global demand is dominated by mainland China, which accounted for 39% of total demand in 2021. The end-use distribution for PVOH varies among the regions. Polymerization aids is the largest end use for PVOH in mainland China and polyvinyl butyral in the United States. Other Northeast Asian markets such as Japan will have much lower growth in demand compared with mainland China during 2021–26.

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  • Publish Date: 2022-06-30
  • Chemical Focus: Polymers and Elastomers
  • Number of Pages: 66
  • 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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