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Trimethylolpropane (TMP) price index

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

The outlook for Trimethylolpropane (TMP) prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

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

Further information on the Trimethylolpropane (TMP) price index

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What is TMP

Trimethylolpropane (TMP) is a synthetic organic compound that belongs to the family of triols, which are compounds with three hydroxyl (-OH) groups. TMP is a clear, colorless liquid with a low viscosity and a faint, sweet, alcoholic odor. It is a versatile intermediate that is used in a variety of chemical reactions and processes, including the production of resins, polymers, and surfactants.

TMP has a number of useful properties that make it attractive for a variety of applications. It is a good solvent for a wide range of organic compounds, and it is also a good plasticizer, which means that it can be used to make polymers more flexible and easier to process. In addition, TMP is a good surfactant, which means that it can reduce the surface tension of liquids and improve their wetting and spreading properties.

Overall, TMP is a valuable chemical intermediate that is used in a variety of industries, including the paint and coatings industry, the plastics industry, and the cosmetics and personal care industry.

 

How is TMP produced

TMP is typically produced by the condensation of formaldehyde and an alcohol, such as methanol or ethanol, in the presence of an acid catalyst. It can also be synthesized from other starting materials, such as pentaerythritol or glycerol.

 

What is TMP used for

Trimethylolpropane (TMP) is a versatile chemical intermediate that is used in a variety of applications, including the production of resins, polymers, and surfactants. Some specific uses of TMP include:

Resins

TMP can be used to synthesize alkyd resins, which are used in the paint and coatings industry as binders for coatings and films. TMP-based alkyd resins are known for their good drying properties, good adhesion to a variety of substrates, and good chemical resistance.

Polymers

TMP can be used as a monomer to synthesize a variety of polymers, including polyurethanes, polyesters, and polycarbonates. These polymers have a wide range of properties and applications, including use as adhesives, sealants, foams, and films.

Surfactants

TMP can be used as a surfactant to reduce the surface tension of liquids and improve their wetting and spreading properties. This makes it useful in a variety of applications, including detergents, cleaners, and personal care products.

Plasticizers

TMP can be used as a plasticizer to make polymers more flexible and easier to process. It is commonly used in the production of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and other polymers to improve their processing and performance properties.

Other applications

TMP is also used in the production of flavors and fragrances, as a solvent for resins and other organic compounds, and as a reagent in chemical synthesis.

 

Further reading on TMP

 

TMP market size

It is difficult to estimate the size of the global trimethylolpropane (TMP) market as it is a widely used intermediate chemical that is used in a variety of applications and industries. TMP is used in the production of resins, polymers, surfactants, flavors and fragrances, and other chemicals, and it is likely that the market for TMP is influenced by the demand for these products.

The global market for resins, which includes alkyd resins made from TMP, was valued at about $40 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 4% from 2021 to 2026. The global market for polyurethanes, which can be made from TMP, was valued at about $53 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of about 6% from 2021 to 2026. The global market for surfactants, which includes TMP-based surfactants, was valued at about $45 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of about 3% from 2021 to 2026.

It is important to note that these figures represent the size of the markets for the end products made from TMP, and do not directly reflect the size of the TMP market itself. In addition, these figures are estimates and may vary depending on the source and the method of calculation.

According to https://oec.world/ :

Trimethylolpropane are the world’s 3697th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Trimethylolpropane were Sweden ($54.6M), Germany ($49.9M), China ($27.9M), Chinese Taipei ($11.4M), and Japan ($6.65M).

In 2020, the top importers of Trimethylolpropane were South Korea ($21M), Germany ($14M), United States ($13.9M), Japan ($13.2M), and Belgium ($11.5M).

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