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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 Q4 2014
European dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) production is diminishing because of competition from purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and PTA-based polymers.
INVISTA closed its 150,000 tonne/year Gersthofen DMT site in Germany in 2013. This closure leaves Oxxynova as the only DMT producer in western Europe. While some DMT customers are sticking to DMT-based products, others are looking to convert. DMT reference prices are calculated against upstream monthly paraxylene (PX) and quarterly methanol contracts.
In the upstream sector, European paraxylene (PX) prices should continue to be dominated by Asian pricing, with the lengthening supply a bearish risk.
The outlook for the European methanol market is unclear and depends on the performance of a number of key production sites globally. A slew of outages at production sites has tightened the supply in the market and resulted in the fourth-quarter contract price increasing by €32/tonne. Demand is expected to remain high. If the production problems continue, supply will tighten further and drive up prices.
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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).