Consumption of normal paraffins (n-paraffins) is expected to rise from 3.1 million tons in 2007 to 3.4 million tons in 2017, growing at an average annual rate of 1.1%, according to a new study from Colin A. Houston & Associates, Inc. (CAHA), Brewster, NY.
N-paraffins are the major feedstock for linear alkylbenzene, a surfactant intermediate used in detergent manufacturing, which consumed more than 76% of the world’s n-paraffin production in 2008.
Strong growth in East Europe and the Middle East/Africa regions will balance out declining demand in mature regions. Global n-paraffin consumption is forecast to grow at an average of just 0.5% a year from 2007 to 2012 due to limited supplies, but CAHA expects growth to pick up to 1.7% a year from 2012 to 2017. The manufacture of surfactants for detergent formulation will continue to be the primary growth driver.
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