A primary and basic question prevails in the methanol industry-"What will be the global demand for methanol, for the expanded production of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), during the next few years?" James R. Crocco, president of Crocco & Associates Inc., Houston, addressed this question at the company's 1992 World Methanol Conference, Dec. 8-10, 1992, in Monte-Carlo. His response was that MTBE will continue to be the fastest growing petrochemical in the world, pulling ahead of methanol which will be number two. But after the near-term explosive growth, demand will begin to level out. Crocco listed a number of questions that af...

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