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Neopentyl glycol price index

This post is a summary of the Neopentyl glycol price developments. The price developments of Neopentyl glycol are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Neopentyl glycol price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for Neopentyl glycol prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Neopentyl glycol prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of Neopentyl glycol
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of Neopentyl glycol prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Neopentyl glycol market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

 

Further information on the Neopentyl glycol price index

 

What is Neopentyl glycol

Neopentyl glycol (also known as 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol or NPG) is a chemical compound with the molecular formula C5H12O2. It is a clear, colorless liquid that is commonly used as a solvent and as a building block in the synthesis of various chemicals, such as plastics, resins, and coatings. It is also used as a plasticizer and an intermediate in the production of other chemicals. Neopentyl glycol is not very toxic and is generally considered to be safe for use in a variety of applications. It is flammable and should be handled with care.

 

How is Neopentyl glycol produced

Neopentyl glycol is produced through a chemical process known as the hydroformylation of isobutylene. This process involves the reaction of isobutylene with carbon monoxide and hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst, such as cobalt or rhodium. The reaction produces a mixture of products, including neopentyl glycol, which can be separated and purified through distillation. The yield of neopentyl glycol from this process can be as high as 95%.

Alternatively, neopentyl glycol can be synthesized from the reaction of formaldehyde with propylene oxide in the presence of an acid catalyst, such as sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid. This process is known as the Reppe process.

Neopentyl glycol is also produced as a byproduct of the production of other chemicals, such as neopentyl alcohol, which is produced through the hydroformylation of propylene.

 

What is Neopentyl glycol used for

Neopentyl glycol is used in a variety of applications, including the following:

Solvent

Neopentyl glycol is used as a solvent in a number of chemical processes, such as the production of resins, coatings, and adhesives. It is also used as a solvent in the production of plastics, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Plasticizer

Neopentyl glycol is used as a plasticizer in the production of plastics, such as PVC. It helps to improve the flexibility and durability of the plastic.

Intermediate

Neopentyl glycol is used as an intermediate in the production of a wide range of chemicals, including resins, coatings, and plastics.

Other uses

Neopentyl glycol is also used in the production of personal care products, such as hair dyes and shampoos, and in the production of lubricants and coolants. It is also used as a fuel additive to improve the performance and combustion of gasoline.

 

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Neopentyl glycol market information

It is difficult to determine the size of the neopentyl glycol market with precision, as the market for this chemical is influenced by a variety of factors, such as economic conditions, demand for its end-use products, and competition from other chemicals.

However, neopentyl glycol is a widely used chemical, and it is likely that the market for this compound is significant. It is used in a variety of applications, including the production of resins, coatings, plastics, personal care products, and lubricants, and it is an intermediate in the production of other chemicals.

The demand for neopentyl glycol may also be influenced by trends in the industries that use it, such as the construction and automotive industries. In addition, the development of new technologies and applications for neopentyl glycol could also impact the size of the market.

According to https://oec.world/ :

Other unsaturated polyesters are the world’s 1114th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Other unsaturated polyesters were Italy ($343M), United States ($221M), France ($216M), Germany ($134M), and Chinese Taipei ($132M).

In 2020, the top importers of Other unsaturated polyesters were Germany ($249M), Vietnam ($127M), Poland ($126M), Spain ($119M), and United States ($113M).

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