The US Aromatic and Aliphatic Solvents report is published weekly by our locally based reporters.
The aromatic solvents cover Toluene, Xylene, ARO100 and ARO 150, while the aliphatic solvents include Hexane, VM&P, Mineral Spirits High and Mineral Spirits Low. These independent prices are assessed in reaction to information gathered from the market regarding demand and supply issues, production and upstream impacts. Graphs help to visualise the market trends. The market intelligence in this report is a vital resource to support your business evaluations.
Updated to Q3 2015
In the US aromatic and aliphatic solvent markets, both US Gulf and midwest toluene and xylene truck and rail prices are expected to continue to track barge toluene and xylene (T&X) values higher during the third quarter. The smaller-volume solvents market is expected to see strong demand from downstream markets, including paints and coatings, while demand for barge T&X is driven largely by gasoline blending. Balanced supply and demand along with soft crude oil values will likely keep gains in check, sources said.
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Aromatic solvents refer to toluene and xylenes sold on the rack market – representing truck and railcar deliveries to domestic US customers – for use in solvent applications.
Aromatic solvents include toluene, xylenes, C9-C10 and C10-C12 aromatics. Toluene is used as a solvent in coatings such as alkyd resins and as an ink solvent because it evaporates quickly to prevent smudging. Mixed xylenes are used as solvents particularly by the paint industry.
Aromatic 100 (C9-C10) and Aromatic 150 (C10-C12) have applications such as fuel additives, paints and coatings, pesticides, industrial cleaning, sealants and process fluids.
Aliphatic solvents include white spirit, dearomatised hydrocarbons and light fractions such as hexane. Uses for hexane include adhesives and coatings as well as the extraction of oil from seeds.
Dearomatised hydrocarbons are used in tyre manufacture, oilfield base fluids, extraction of metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt and zinc, aluminium manufacture and preservation of timber.
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