Glycols are man-made liquid chemicals derived from crude oil and natural gas. They are made from an unrenewable and limited natural resource. As a base chemical they are used in many industrial applications and produced in massive quantities. World demand for refinery produced ethylene glycol is over 5.5 Billion gallons per year and climbing. North America is estimated to consume over 20% of world glycol production.
Glycols are an indispensible production component in five primary industries. They are used to create polyester fiber for fabrics and plastic containers, including water bottles. In the Heat Transfer Fluids which warm and cool buildings. Also to produce antifreeze for vehicles engines and aircraft deicing fluids used at airports. The gaseous component of this chemical is used for equiment sterilization in the medical industry.
Demand continues to exceed supply for ethylene glycol, largely because of explosive growth in poly fiber manufacturing to make plastic beverage bottles. This trend is expected to continue well into the future.