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Xylenes -mixed xylenes Overview Transcript
The mixed xylenes or MX stream is an important raw chemical that can be broadly divided into two grades, the isomer grade and the solvent grade.
Isomer grade is generally used for the production of paraxylene and orthoxylene, while the solvent grade is used in the solvent and coating application sectors. .
The Asian isomer grade MX market typically sees around 40,000 tonnes of deep sea material being shipped from the US per month as the region is net short. However, with fresh capacity emerging in the key Chinese market, trade flows could fundamentally be altered. .
A large proportion of isomer grade MX trade is contract based, with the spot-trade arena dominated by major Korean players. Pricing for both isomer grade and solvent grades mixed xylenes are heavily influenced by movements in crude futures as well as sentiment in the downstream markets..
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Updated to Q3 2015
Isomer-grade xylene spot prices in the third quarter were volatile, tracking similar price trends in the upstream energy and downstream paraxylene (PX) sectors.
upstream energy and downstream paraxylene (PX) sectors. End-users continued running their PX plants at lowered operating rates as the spread between isomer-grade xylene and PX hovered below $100/tonne, way lower than the regional break-even spread of above $150/tonne.
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