December 2006

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Housing market drives formaldehyde demand

Formaldehyde is a petrochemical that can create value-added materials in commercial applications and improve the quality of life through its chemical interaction with numerous other compounds. Many of..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Formaldehyde is a petrochemical that can create value-added materials in commercial applications and improve the quality of life through its chemical interaction with numerous other compounds. Many of these materials are used in the construction and housing industry. However, despite formaldehyde's benefits, this petrochemical must contend with negative issues such as toxicity. The formaldehyde industry has lost applications through substitution due to growing controversy over toxicity, said Dave Collins with Hexion in a presentation at a recent industry forum. The downstream market continues to drive this industry, which is estimated to sell 4.8 million metric tons/yr of formaldehyde in

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