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Dimethyl terephthalate Overview Transcript
Dimethyl terehphatlate has been on a dramatic course of events.
Despite this being a relatively opaque market, ICIS is able to follow price developments, using calculations with upstream paraxylene and methanol.
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Dimethyl terephthalate: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
European dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) production has diminished because of competition from purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and PTA-based polymers.
DMT reference prices are calculated against upstream monthly paraxylene (PX) and quarterly methanol contracts.
European PX operating rates could rise a little into Q2. Demand for PX is picking up both domestically, with the summer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottling season kicking-off, and for export, given the relatively low European price. Pricing should continue to follow Asian trends and in April the market was adjusting to shortages caused partly by an explosion at a major Chinese plant.
The outlook for the European methanol market hinges largely on how the Chinese market develops, given the vast influence the latter wields over the global market. The relative pricing between the two markets will also depend to a large extent on the value of the euro versus the dollar, with the former falling substantially in Q4. The weakening of the euro contributed to a €15/tonne increase for the second-quarter contract price, but any recovery of the euro could see prices slide.
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Dimethyl Terephthalate Methodology
About Dimethyl terephthalate
Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) are colourless crystals, insoluble in water but soluble in ether and hot ethyl alcohol.
DMT is available in molten (liquid) and flake (solid) forms. In Europe, mainly molten is delivered, with minimal imported quantities of flake material.
DMT is used mainly to produce polyester resins, fibres and films as well as engineering resins. The polyesters produced are used in fibres for the textile industry, the manufacture of food and drink containers such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, and films used in photography, computers, audio-visual equipment and packaging.
For film applications, DMT can be preferred due to its adhesion addition quality.
DMT can also be used in engineering resins, such as polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).