Plasticizers Demand to Reach 7 Million Tons
The most important application areas of plasticizers include floorings, profiles, cables and films made of plastics. They account for more than half of all demand because some PVC grades contain up to 40% plasticizers. However, demand in the adhesive, paint and rubber industries is increasing even faster than in the plastics sector.
In 2010, the market was still dominated by phthalate plasticizers. With a roughly 54% share, di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) was the most important plasticizer. However, DEHP will be increasingly replaced by other plasticizers over the next years. Due to legal provisions and growing environmental awareness, producers are increasingly forced to use non-phthalate plasticizers (e.g., those based on vegetable oils). In North America, for example, alternative plasticizers had a 30% share in 2010.
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