In this week's issue of ICIS Chemical Business:
March 12-18, 2012

Cover story

Development of bio-paraxylene and PTA on the rise

The polyester market will soon feature renewable alternatives to petroleum-based paraxylene and purified terephthalic acid, as companies push for more R&D

The quest for 100% plant-based ­polyethylene terephthalate (PET) might be completed sooner than the 2020 time frame that US beverage companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo initially estimated, since the development of bio-based purified terephthalic acid (PTA) continues to rise.



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