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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 Q2 2016
Isomer-grade xylene prices saw large swings in the second quarter, largely tracking price trends in the upstream crude, naphtha, downstream paraxylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) markets.
In March, surging crude futures had boosted isomer-grade xylene discussions, resulting in a five consecutive week uptrend. Spot availability of April and May in northeast Asia were crimped by the commencement of a heavy turnaround season, supporting prices.
Thereafter, conflicting market outlook coupled with volatility in the upstream markets, had resulted in fluctuating isomer-grade xylene discussions. Chinese demand for April and H1 May import cargoes weakened as local prices in both eastern and southern regions remained lower than regional material.
A total of 40,000 tonnes of US-origin isomer-grade xylene cargoes were booked for loading between March and April period, alleviating the tight Asian supply. As such, South Korean and Taiwanese end-users were only willing to purchase extra material on a need-to basis.
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