ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Paraxylene-Orthoxylene markets.
Whichever regional markets you need to track, our independent price assessments and market coverage will keep you fully up-to-date so you can always negotiate with confidence.
Updated to Q3 2019
Further new start-ups are expected in Asia during Q3, which will increase global capacity even more following the Hengli start-up earlier this year. Seasonally weak demand will also contribute to good availability of PX in Europe.
Demand for PX is likely to remain weak in Q3 as players typically go on their summer holidays and some downstream production shuts. However, seasonal demand for PET was lower than expected during Q2, so any drop in consumption will be smaller than usual compared with the previous quarter.
Supply of OX is likely to tighten in July and August as only limited further import material is expected to arrive from the US and Asia. There is no expected end date for BP’s force majeure. The longer the force majeure lasts with reduced import material arriving in Europe, the tighter the market will become.
Consumption of OX is likely to decrease in the third quarter as many players take holiday in the second half of July and August. Demand will rise again in September, though it has been weak across many markets during 2019 due to uncertainty caused by US-China trade tensions.
We offer the following regional Paraxylene-Orthoxylene analysis and news coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Europe Paraxylene-Orthoxylene marketplace.
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Paraxylene (PX) is the largest volume isomer of the mixed xylenes. Orthoxylene (OX) is the second largest of the three commercial isomers of xylene.
The European paraxlyene (PX) and orthoxylene (OX) report shows a monthly contract price for both markets as well as weekly spot quotations.
The report is generated after conversations with buyers, sellers and traders on a weekly basis.
The contract price is a free delivered (FD) northwest Europe (NWE) quotation, while spot prices are on a free on board (FOB) Rotterdam basis.
As well as discussing price developments, the report covers downstream purified terephthalic acid (PTA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and phthalic anhydride (PA) market developments.
The report also touches on developments upstream such as crude oil fluctuations and production issues such as planned and unplanned outages.
Buyers and sellers rely on the report to give them the accurate information they need to make informed decisions in the market.
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