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 Q1 2021
DMT is intrinsically linked to upstream products PX and methanol, both of which were tight at some point over Q1. There were several planned and unplanned methanol shutdowns early in Q1, and PX supply was impacted through Q1 by strong downstream consumption putting pressure on domestic availability of PX.
Methanol buyers were largely satisfied with contracted volumes and as spot prices were mostly unattractive, spot demand became sluggish over Q1. Limited imports of PX derivative PTA and PET from Asia drove demand for domestic production of these commodities, which required additional feedstock supply.
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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).