CMAI: On-purpose propylene production will increase share of future global demand

Worldwide supply of propylene will increase to 80.3 million tonnes in 2010 from 57.6 million tonnes in 2003 (about 5%/year), according to Steve Zinger, global business director of heavy olefins and elastomers for Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI).In a presentation at CMAI's 2004 World Petrochemical Conference, Mar. 23-25, 2004, Houston, Zinger said that increased propylene supplies would come from a greater emphasis on "on-purpose" propylene production via propane dehydrogenation, metathesis, and other technologies such as deep catalytic cracking, higher olefin cracking, and methanol-to-olefins.The traditional classification of propylene as a "by-product" is beginning to evolve i...

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