Petrochemical-based materials play a critical role in the building and construction
industry. A number of examples are listed below:
Petrochemical-based materials play a critical role in the defense sector. Several
examples are noted below:
A range of petrochemical-based materials are used in electronics and appliance
applications. A list of several examples are below:
Petrochemical-based plastics are used extensively in food and beverage packaging
to help preserve freshness, reduce spoilage and packaging weight, and improve product
delivery and customer convenience. Key petrochemical-based materials used are polyethylene
(i.e., high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE), linear
low density polyethylene (LLDPE)), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) and polyvinyl
chloride (PVC). Beverage containers typically are made from petrochemical-based
plastics such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or HDPE.
Over the past 30 years, petrochemical-based plastics are increasingly becoming
replacements for glass and paper options. A range of factors have contributed to
the high rate of substitution including:
Petrochemicals play a critical role in the medical industry including personal
protective wear, medicine, medical apparel and devices. Several examples of petrochemical-based
products used in the industry are listed below.
Paints and coatings provide two primary functions that are of considerable importance –
decoration and protection. Without paint and coatings, product lives can be drastically
shortened and many products would not be marketable. Petrochemicals play a critical
role in the paints and coatings industry.
Petrochemicals in paints and coatings include synthetic resins such as acrylic,
vinyl, urethane and alkyd resins as well as organic solvents including aromatics
and aliphatics. Acrylic surface coatings are the leading finishes used in the paint
and coatings industry. They are based on polymers derived from the esters of acrylic
acid (acrylates) and/or methacrylic acid (methacrylates). They are noted for their
inertness and excellent color retention when exposed to exterior conditions. Vinyl
coatings are based on the emulsions of vinyl acetate copolymers, solvent-based copolymers
or vinyl chloride and acetate and PVC dispersions. Vinyl coatings are characterized
by good color retention, mildew resistance and pigment binding.
Petrochemical-based products play role in personal protective equipment (PPE).
Over 80% of the materials used in PPEs originate from petrochemicals. A list of
examples is below:
Petrochemical-based products play a key role in the renewable energy industry
Petrochemical-based products play a key role in sports equipment, performance
apparel and the new trend of wearables. These products provide advancements for
product and performance gains, light weighting and creating a better overall athletic
experience. Examples of petrochemical-based products in the sports and leisure area
are listed below:
Many textiles and apparel are made from petrochemical-based fibers.
Common materials used in the textile industry include acrylic, nylon, olefins
such as polypropylene (PS) and polyester. The top petrochemical-based material used
in the carpet and rug industry is nylon while the top material in the apparel market
Most modern aircraft interiors are made using sophisticated plastics, which are
developed from petrochemical building blocks such as ethylene, propylene and benzene.
These materials allow for lighter weight, which reduces fuel usage and lowers the
overall carbon footprint of aircraft, and must meet stringent specifications for
fire resistance and toxic by-products. Examples of components of a commercial aircraft
which utilize petrochemical-based products include:
About 336 pounds of petrochemical-derived plastics, composites, rubber, coating
and textile products are used in the average automobile. Examples of petrochemical-based
products used in automobiles are listed below:
Click here to see a chart of the products made from petrochemicals.
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