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Monday, February 11, 2013

Trimethylolpropane (TMP) is the organic compound with the formula CH3CH2C(CH2OH)3. This colorless solid is a triol containing three hydroxyl functional groups. Trimethylolpropane, containing three primary hydroxyl groups in a quaternary mole structure. It is a white crystalline solid or clear liquid in molten form at high temperature. Its melting point is 57 C. It is soluble in water, alcohol and glycerin but insoluble in hydrocarbon solvents. It is prepared by the hydrogenation reaction of aldehyde ( n-butyraldehyde and formaldehyde).


Uses and Applications

Trimethylolpropane (TMP) is a widely used building block in the polymer industry. TMP is mainly consumed as a precursor to alkyd resins. Otherwise, acrylated and alkoxylated TMP's are used as multifunctional monomers to produce various coatings, Ethoxylated and propoxylated TMP, derived condensation of from TMP and the epoxides, are used for production of flexible polyurethanes.  Its derivatives are precursors to high-gloss coatings and ion exchange resins. It is also used in making of glues and lubricating oils.


Market Overview

China's demand for Trimethylolpropane (TMP) has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. BASF is increasing the prices of the polyalcohols neopentylglycol (NPG) and trimethylolpropane (TMP), with immediate effect or as existing contracts permit by 150 EUR/mt in Europe.Asia is the major TMP import region in the world. The import amount in China, Korea and Southeast Asia is quite big.  Perstorp is the largest producer of TMP.LANXESS AG has strengthened its market presence in Asia region by acquiring the business and production assets of Jiangsu Polyols Chemical Co., Ltd. (PCC) in Liyang, Eastern China.

Source: NPCS Team

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