An American researcher has found that the amount of hexane used in the production of cellphones, televisions and other products could cost as much as $300 billion.
In his paper, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, Andrew L. Cunliffe, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Georgia Tech, and his colleagues estimate that the U.S. has used up more than $3 billion in hexane, or nearly 5 percent of the nation’s total, for the production and sale of consumer goods since 2004.
A recent survey of U.K. consumers found that consumers spent an average of $200 per year on smartphones and $50 per year to buy TVs and other electronics.
The U.N. agency for atomic energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is currently trying to develop a global hexane supply chain.
The IAEA says it’s looking for suppliers of hexanes for the global supply chain, which includes oil refining and other industries.
The American study suggests that, based on data from a study in the U, hexane could account for a mere $2 billion of U:IEC supply, according to a report by the group’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, or S&TAC.
“This is a modest cost,” said David Schoenfeld, the chief executive officer of the Hexane Industry Association, a trade group that represents the hexane industry.
“There’s a lot of pent-up demand for hexane that has not been met in the market yet.
We’re seeing it in new markets, and that’s good.”
The report also shows that the average U.s. cell phone user spends about $2,000 on hexane annually.
The industry has been grappling with a glut of hexacrylamide, or HCN, a widely used filler in cellphones and other electronic products.
The hexane in many of these products is used to make the plastics that are used to create the new materials.
The HCL-based filler is now used in almost every cell phone, and the U:ICEA estimates that the demand for it is about $300 million a year.
“It’s an amazing price to be in,” Cuniliffe said.
He said he thinks that the market for hexanes could be “the largest ever,” as consumers have been willing to pay for materials that are more abundant.
In the U., hexane is found in about 75 percent of consumer products.
“You can have a lot more stuff that is being produced in the United States than in China,” Cunniffe said, adding that the supply chain could lead to the potential for a glut.
He and his team also estimate that a hexane plant in China could produce as much or more than a megawatt of hexadecimal, or the unit of measurement used to calculate the value of a pound of iron.
“What you’re seeing here is that if you can get that hexane out there and get the prices down to where you can buy it and make it cheaper, then it could be a big market,” said Tom Sadowski, an analyst at the research firm Wood Mackenzie.
Cunnile said he believes that the Hexanol Industry Association is the “largest advocate of hexanol” in the country, and said the association was “instrumental in pushing us to move away from HCN.”
The group has proposed a number of initiatives to help make hexane more affordable, including a requirement for manufacturers to disclose the hexanes used in their products.
Sadowske said he’s skeptical that hexanes will be able to compete with the cheap HCL used in cell phones and TVs, but said that if hexane prices remain low, the industry could see the growth of other substitutes.
The Hexanol industry is trying to reduce its costs by using “super-critical” manufacturing, which reduces the number of workers needed to make a product.
That means that the manufacturing process starts in the lab and then goes through a process that involves more specialized chemicals, such as those used to manufacture polymers.
In recent years, hexanes have become more expensive than HCLs, but Cuniliiffe said the process has become easier in recent years because of advances in chemical processing, making hexanes more affordable.