Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is the copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate monomer. Typically the vinyl acetate composition will vary from 10 – 40 percent depending on the application. The polymer containing 30 percent or more EVA is sued in hot melt adhesives making use of the low melting point of EVA resins, it is used in coating in addition to adhesives. There is strong competition from styrene block copolymers in this sector in addition to other olefinic polymers.
The material is prized for its material properties of tensile strength optical clarity and the ease of its processing. One of the largest applications is for the soles of shoes (in competition with polyurethane) though this is mainly centered on an Asian customer base, typically used in combination with an inorganic filler and multiple film type applications used in foods and non food applications. Additionally it finds use in compounding, wire and cable injection molding and extrusion applications. The material is also used to make an expanded rubber type foam, used in sports applications , in which it competes with polyurethane.
EVA is produced by tubular or autoclave technology. It is usually produced on a swing basis with LDPE. Its production is capital and energy intensive and not every LDPE producer opts to produce EVA.
This report provides intelligence and analysis on Ethylene vinyl acetate supply sources, demand drivers and trade. The report includes a 5 year history and 10 year forecast for all major producing regions listed below with new capacity additions documented. This report provides intelligence and analysis on Ethylene vinyl acetate supply sources, demand drivers and trade. The report also includes end use applications such as films, making use of intelligence within Petrochemical Reporters data base to obtain a detailed analysis of demand based on derivative consumption. An overview of each of the commercial technologies mentioned will be included in the appendix along with a detailed methodology.
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