Annual Production
graph: Benzene production by country

Benzene is one of the main building blocks of the petrochemical industry. The global market grew from 4 million tonnes in 1960 to over 30 million tonnes in 2000.

Most of the benzene produced is from Western Europe, North America and Asia.

World production (million tonnes)
World production 30
Western Europe 7.53
North America 7.23
South America 0.89
Asia 8.49
diagram: benzene

Note on Terminology of benzene compounds

Compounds of benzene are often referred to as aromatic compounds. When the benzene ring is attached to another molecule in place of hydrogen it is called a phenyl group.


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