Global demand for linear alkylbenzene outpaces demand for branched alkylbenzene

Global consumption of linear alkylbenzene (LAB) will grow at an annual rate of 3.6% between 1999 and 2010, while branched alkylbenzene (BAB) will decline at a rate of 8%/year during the same period.Both LAB and BAB are raw materials for detergents. LAB is the primary raw material for linear alkylbenzene sulfonate, a popular biodegradable surfactant.In 1999, LAB accounted for 92% of the detergent alkylate market. Its share will to rise to 98% by 2010 at the expense of BAB, which is being phased out of detergent applications because it is nonbiodegradable.Global demand for detergent alkylate will grow at an annual rate of 3.0% during 1999-2010, from 2.5 million tons to 3.5 million tons.Thes...

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