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Ethanol and Biofuel Production

SIC 2869 | NAICS 325190

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Ethanol Fuel Production  (view report)
Biomass Power Generation  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

BBI International
Ethanol Producer Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for ethanol producers, with special features including the annual "Ethanol Industry Outlook" (January issue) which provides insights on current market conditions and expectations for the year ahead and beyond from the perspective of leading insiders involved in ethanol manufacturing, feedstock production, financial services, and technology.

Biofuel Manufacturing

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Renewable Fuels Association
Ethanol Industry Outlook

Annual industry outlook analyzes current market conditions and expectations for the year ahead, and includes information on production capacity, operating production, and installed and operating plants by state; co-product animal feed production and exports; ethanol imports and exports; and location, type of feedstock, production, and capacity for all U.S. production plants on an individual facility basis.

National Biodiesel Board
What is Biodiesel? / Using Biodiesel / Production /

Comprehensive reference source provides in-depth information on the biodiesel industry, with topics covered in various sections including what is biodiesel (basics overview, frequently asked questions, fact sheets, and reports database), using biodiesel (fuel quality guide, OEM data, handling and usage, and market segments), and production (quality standards, member plants, and production statistics).

Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy
Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

AFDC provides data and information on alternative fuels including biodiesel and ethanol, with topics covered for these biofuels including feed stock production; U.S. production, consumption, imports, and exports; U.S. plant facilities, capacity, and production; biofuel incentives and laws by state; and renewable fuel standard (RFS2) mandates and credits (RINs) used to demonstrate compliance.

Freedonia Group
Motor Vehicle Biofuels: United States

Freedonia Focus research report analyzes U.S. production and demand at the manufacturers' level, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by product segment for ethanol produced from raw biological materials (i.e., biomass) such as corn and other high-starch grains, biodiesel produced from vegetable oil or animal fat, and other biofuels such as renewable diesel.

Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Biofuels (Bioethanol and Biodiesel) - A Global Strategic Business Report

Comprehensive market research report provides in-depth analysis of the biofuels market in the U.S. and other countries, with data provided in the report including historical and forecast consumption in thousands of gallons for bioethanol and biodiesel, and manufacturers profiled including Cargill, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company, POET Ethanol Products, and Valero Energy Corporation.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Ethanol and Biofuel Production  Search for "32519"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Biofuel Manufacturing

Financial information section of this profile provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size range based on annual revenue for companies that manufacture ethanol from corn or other high-starch grains by milling, fermenting, and distilling these grains to yield ethyl alcohol and produce biodiesel from vegetable oils or animal fats using a transesterification chemical process.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Ethanol Producer Magazine
In Depth: Industry Salary and Satisfaction Survey  Search magazine archives for "salary"

Periodic salary survey provides an overview of participant demographics and includes salary ranges for fifteen job positions, with job titles covered by the survey including corporate management (e.g., owner, partner, president, CEO, and COO), general manager, controller/CFO, plant manager, plant engineer, lab manager, lab technician, lead operator, boiler technician, and maintenance technician.

PayScale, Inc.
Ethanol Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as chemical engineer, process engineer, control room operator, and chemical process operator, with manufacturers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including POET, LLC, Valero Energy Corporation, Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation, Green Plains, Inc., and ICM, Inc.

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