December 2005

Petrochemical Developments

Optimize phenol production

By using new technologies for intermediate feedstocks, polycarbonate producers can improve manufacturing-chain costs

Wright Wytcherley, R., GTC Technology US, LLC

Demand for polycarbonate-based products is rising, driven by growing use by Asia-Pacific producers. Consequently, demand for phenol (a feedstock for polycarbonates) is also increasing. However, the market for acetone (a co-product of phenol production) is flat. Accordingly, phenol producers are seeking new production methods to meet the rising consumption while avoiding unwanted byproduct manufacturing. A new technology and catalyst system uses a one-step process that converts benzene to phenol without generating acetone. This method offers opportunities for phenol/ polycarbonate producers to match raw materials against final product production. Polycarbonate production today. The most c

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