The North America bio-based platform chemicals market is estimated to grow at a moderately high rate during the forecast period (2018-2023). United States is leading the regional market supported by the ongoing surge in demand owing to government’s regulations and increasing customer’s preference of eco-friendly products over traditional harmful products.
Platform chemicals are basically composed of 2-6 carbons, which are used as an intermediate in the production of various chemicals. In 2017, C3 chemicals (bio-glycerol and bio-3-hydroxypropionic acid) together accounted for the highest consumption among all the bio-based platform chemicals owing to their unique properties and usage as different alcohols, acids and resins. Bio-based glycerol is increasing replacing synthetic alternatives that is produced from propene, as a drop-in alternative. 3-hydroxypropionic acid (HPA) can be majorly used as a raw material for the production of bio-based acrylic acid. Other potential applications include the production of 1,3-propanediol, acrylamide, and acrylonitrile.
The stricter regulations for the usage of petro-based products owing to their harmful environmental effects, and continuous decreasing fossil fuel reserve has driven the demand for bio-based platform chemicals. Crude glycerol is the major by-product in the manufacturing of bio-diesel. Continuous R&D and technological advancements are providing opportunities for the bio-based platform chemicals.
United States has accounted the highest market share among other North American countries in this market in 2017 and is expected to continue its dominance in the region at a moderately high CAGR during the forecast period. There is increasing production of bio-succinic acid in Canada by BioAmber Inc. Bio-succinic is the fastest growing bio-based platform chemical, with usage in many end-user application and as intermediary chemicals. Bio-succinic acid can be used as to replace phthalic anhydride, adipic acid, and maleic anhydride in future.
Major Key Players include BioAmber, Myriant, Succinity, Reverdia Cargill, DSM, etc., among others.
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