The weekly Dimethyl Terephthalate, or DMT market, is covered in Europe by our locally based reporters.
Price assessments focus on monthly contract prices for liquid DMT. Market news and analysis include an overview, upstream movements for markets such as Crude, Methanol and PX, and downstream developments on PET and PBT. The information is supported with graphs and industry news, and is a vital tool to help you make informed business choices.
Updated to Q2 2020
PX and methanol supply conditions were long throughout the quarter as ample capacity and weak demand resulted in limited pressure on availability. Planned methanol maintenances in Q2 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Strong domestic sales of PET failed to result in an increase in PX demand. Demand for methanol plummeted in April and May as the coronavirus outbreak spread across Europe. There were signs of demand recovery in some markets in June, such as MTBE and biodiesel. However, formaldehyde demand was limited and the furniture and automotive sectors remained weak as the quarter ended.
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Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) is used mainly to produce polyester resins, fibres and films as well as engineering resins.
Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) are colourless crystals, insoluble in water but soluble in ether and hot ethyl alcohol.
DMT is available in molten (liquid) and flake (solid) forms. In Europe, mainly molten is delivered, with minimal imported quantities of flake material.
DMT is used mainly to produce polyester resins, fibres and films as well as engineering resins. The polyesters produced are used in fibres for the textile industry, the manufacture of food and drink containers such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, and films used in photography, computers, audio-visual equipment and packaging.
For film applications, DMT can be preferred due to its adhesion addition quality.
DMT can also be used in engineering resins, such as polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).