CEH: Polyvinyl Alcohols Report

CEH: Polyvinyl Alcohol

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May 2020. 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 moderate rate of approximately 2% from 2019 to 2024. Global demand is dominated by China, which accounted for 39% of the total demand in 2019. The end-use distribution for PVOH varies among the regions. Polymerization aids is the largest end use for PVOH in China and polyvinyl butyral in the United States. Other Northeast Asian countries such as Japan will have much lower growth in demand compared with China during 2019–24.

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  • Publish Date: 2020-05-29
  • Chemical Focus: Polymers and Elastomers
  • Number of Pages: 64
  • 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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