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Xylenes-Mixed xylenes: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
European mixed xylenes (MX) prices are poised to see some recovery over the second quarter, with the expected upturn in gasoline consumption as the summer approaches likely to support demand for blending components and exports of mixed aromatics out of Europe. Chemical demand is also picking up following various downstream production outages recently.
US prices are likely to find support in the second quarter. Demand for MX as an octane booster in gasoline is likely to improve as gasoline blenders shift from winter to summer blends. In addition, chemical demand for MX is set to firm up as the upcoming high season for bottled beverages will result in stronger demand for paraxylene (PX), the largest source of chemical demand for MX. While demand is likely to gain ground in the second quarter, prices are likely to follow shifts in crude oil and gasoline prices.
Asian isomer-grade xylene supply and demand fundamentals will remain fragile going into the second quarter due to a spate of maintenances in the downstream PX sector. Despite limited isomer-grade xylene supply, discussions are expected to remain slow as regional end-users’ consumption of feedstock will remain slow due to shutdowns from the end of March to early July.
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About Xylenes-Mixed xylenes
The major use for xylenes is in the production of paraxylene (PX) and orthoxylene (OX). They are also used as a solvent in the paints industry and for other solvent uses.
Mixed xylenes (MX) are produced by high-severity catalytic reforming of naphtha from which the C8 stream contains OX, metaxylene and PX, as well as ethylbenzene (EB).
Xylenes are also obtained from the pyrolysis gas (pygas) stream in a naphtha steam cracker and by toluene disproportionation (TDP) and transalkylation.
Mixed xylenes occur as a colourless, flammable liquid or crystals, with a characteristic odour. They are insoluble in water and miscible with most organic solvents.
Mixed xylenes are a clear, sweet and flammable aromatic liquid or vapour. They are harmful or fatal if swallowed or inhaled, causing respiratory tract irritation, eye and skin irritation or an allergic skin reaction.