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Phthalic anhydride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
The southeast Asian phthalic anhydride (PA) market is expected to remain largely stable in the third quarter amid largely unchanged fundamentals. Meanwhile, the China PA market is expected to remain quiet in the third quarter amid weak domestic consumption and a persistent buy-sell gap in the spot import market.
The European phthalic anhydride (PA) market is likely to be balanced to long through Q3 as European plants are running better than they have been since Q4 2016. Demand is expected to slowdown as usual in August. Spot prices are likely to soften and contracts will follow the orthoxylene (OX) movements, which are also expected to ease back due to an improved availability situation.
The US phthalic anhydride (PA) market in the third quarter is expected to remain balanced. Contract prices fell 2.5 cents/lb at the end of the second quarter, due to movements in feedstock orthoxylene (OX). Price decreases will likely occur throughout the quarter due to OX prices starting to trend downward, this due to mixed xylenes (MX) pieces declining.
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Phthalic Anhydride Methodology
About Phthalic anhydride
Phthalic anhydride (PA) occurs as white solid in various forms or clear molten liquid, with an irritating odour. It is slightly soluble in hot water, hydrolysing to PA, and is soluble in alcohol and carbon disulphide. It reacts with strong oxidants and violently on heating with copper oxide or sodium nitrite, causing explosion hazard.
The major outlet for PA, accounting for just over half of production, is in the manufacture of phthalate plasticisers, the main product being dioctyl phthalate (DOP) which is used as a plasticiser in polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The second largest outlet is in unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) which are usually blended with glass fibres to produce fibreglass-reinforced plastics. Principal markets are construction, marine and transportation.
The third largest outlet is PA-based alkyd resins, which are used in solvent-based coatings for architectural, machinery, furniture and fixture applications.
Small volume uses for PA include the manufacture of dyes and pigments, detergents, herbicides and insecticides, fire retardants, saccharin and polyester resin cross-linking agents.