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Xylenes-Mixed xylenes: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
The Asia region remains long, particularly with the arrival of new output from new production facilities. Major turnarounds are also expected to be completed in the quarter. That said, production may be affected by lackluster margins, as the spread between aromatics products against naphtha has remained thin.
Spot demand is expected to improve as a major buyer in Taiwan will see an increase in requirements after its plant returns from turnarounds. Concerns over new integrated PX production facilities downstream may continue to add downward pressure on production margins, which are already sharply lower from the previous year.
Third quarter European xylenes pricing will remain swayed by bullish global energy prices, with crude oil jumping on the US-China trade spat. Supply-demand factors are countering this, with players confident of offers of product in Europe amid a balanced or healthy view of local supply.
Another moderating factor on price is weaker demand expected in July by trading sources, for chemical and blending needs. Xylenes arbitrage with the US is closed going into the third quarter. Weak local European, US and Middle Eastern demand is reducing the pull on exports.
US MX supplies are expected to continue improving throughout the third quarter as gasoline demand ticks down from the peak levels experienced during the summer high season. Gasoline demand is also expected to fall ahead of the switch from summer-blend gasoline to winter-blend gasoline, which typically occurs in September. Supplies will also improve alongside increasing refinery rates.
US MX demand is expected to tick down throughout the quarter alongside stabilising gasoline demand. Gasoline demand will continue to soften throughout the quarter before the switch from summer-blend to winter-grade gasoline, which typically occurs in early September. Winter-blend gasoline will decrease demand for octane-enhancing aromatics such as MX for the gasoline-blending pool.
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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.