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 2019
Availability of methanol was good despite initial concerns about a major Egyptian plant outage in early April and talk of disrupted German supply. A number of producers had planned or unplanned shutdowns. Paraxylene (PX) supply was long due to unexpectedly low consumption of downstream polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Eurostat recorded another year-on-year surge in EU terephthalic acid (TA) April exports to 75,482 tonnes, as the peak bottling season failed to take hold.
Offtake of methanol was stable at best or slightly softer, with lifting of product tailing off particularly at the end of the second quarter as consumers anticipated a lower third-quarter contract price. The second quarter proved to be exceptionally cold in the lead-up to the normal peak season for PET, and domestic sales were hampered by the arrival of imports that flooded the market. This affected offtake of upstream PX.
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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).