August 1997

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Ethylene oxide/glycol producers 'shifting'

The shift of the world's ethylene oxide (EO) capacity from the three largest regions – U.S., Western Europe and Japan – will continue through 2002. In January 1997, worldwide capacity was ab..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The shift of the world's ethylene oxide (EO) capacity from the three largest regions – U.S., Western Europe and Japan – will continue through 2002. In January 1997, worldwide capacity was about 27 billion pounds (12 million metric tons). The three major regi ons accounted for 57% of global capacity. So says a report from SRI Consulting, Menlo Park, California. This 57% share is expected to decline as many Asia-Pacific countries will install production capacity to support their domestic ethylene glycol (EG) facilities. EO, an important aliphatic epoxide, is produced predominantly by the catalytic oxidation of ethylene in air or oxygen. EO is a chemically reactive m

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