October 2000

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Linear alkylbenzene growth, capacity

Global demand for detergent alkylate will grow 3%/yr, according to Colin A. Houston & Associates, a chemical consulting firm based in Pound Ridge, New York. This amounts to 2.5 million ..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Global demand for detergent alkylate will grow 3%/yr, according to Colin A. Houston & Associates, a chemical consulting firm based in Pound Ridge, New York. This amounts to 2.5 million tons (MMton) in 1999 to 3.5 MMton in 2010. Worldwide consumption of linear alkylbenzene (LAB) will grow 3.6%/yr; phased alkylbenzene (BAB) will decline 8%/yr over the same period. In 1999, LAB accounted for 92% of the detergent alkylate market. Its share is expected to rise to 98% by 2010 as BAB continues to be phased out of detergent applications. Regional growth. Asia-Pacific is the largest and fastest growing consuming region, account

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