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p-Xylene
Xylene, Para
Paraxylene
C8H10

About p-Xylene. Paraxylene (a.k.a. p-Xylene, p-Xylol, 1,4-Dimethylbenzene) is the most important commercial isomer among the xylenes group (benzene derivates). It is a colorless watery liquid with sweet odor. The most important application of paraxylene is in the production of terephthalic acid and dimethyl terephthalate, widely used in the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for ultimate use in fibers, films, and resins.

While xylenes can be extracted from different raw materials, based on petroleum (e.g. reformates, pyrolysis gasoline) and coal (e.g. oven tar, coke-oven benzole), high purity p-Xylene can be isolated from xylenes mainly through crystallization processes and adsorption processes.

p-Xylene Handling. All xylene isomers should be stored in closed containers with appropriate labels and away from heat. Paraxylene should be stored at ambient temperature in tightly closed containers, which must be resealed when open and keep upright to prevent leakage. It is advised a detached or restricted area for this chemical storage and mechanical ventilation to get rid of toxic vapors or fumes from xylene or similar chemicals. Moreover, methods of handling flammable and combustible hydrocarbons must be followed, such as using electrically bound or ground containers to transfer/store these solutions.

p-Xylene Production. The two main commercial routes for xylenes production are based on catalytic reforming and toluene disproportionation. High purity Paraxylene, in turn, is obtained from mixed xylenes through separation methods such as crystallization and adsorption. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of p-Xylene are listed below.

  • Mixed xylenes (separation),
  • Toluene (Mobil MSTDP process, coproduced with benzene)

p-Xylene Uses. The uses and applications of Paraxylene may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Paraxylene are reagent grade (99% minimum purity) and technical grade (98% purity).

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p-Xylene Price Outlook. The price of Paraxylene (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 952 USD per metric ton, which represents a considerable decline of 8% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Paraxylene (United States) decreased modestly by 1%. Meanwhile, the average price of Paraxylene (China) amounted to 1,010 USD per metric ton, from 963 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Paraxylene (China) is 7% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Paraxylene (Southeast Asia) declined slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 1,100 USD per metric ton.  The price is 4% lower than the average price in the previous month and 14% higher than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Paraxylene (Europe) increased modestly during April 2019, reaching 1,080 USD per metric ton, which means a rise of 0.9% from the previous month’s price and a rise of 13% from the previous year’s price. 

The prices of Paraxylene (Northeast Asia) experienced a decline of 45 USD per metric ton from the prior month's price, to 985 USD per metric ton. Such price movement meant a decrease of 4% on a monthly basis and a rise of 5% on a yearly basis.

About p-Xylene. Paraxylene (a.k.a. p-Xylene, p-Xylol, 1,4-Dimethylbenzene) is the most important commercial isomer among the xylenes group (benzene derivates). It is a colorless watery liquid with sweet odor. The most important application of paraxylene is in the production of terephthalic acid and dimethyl terephthalate, widely used in the manufacture of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for ultimate use in fibers, films, and resins.

While xylenes can be extracted from different raw materials, based on petroleum (e.g. reformates, pyrolysis gasoline) and coal (e.g. oven tar, coke-oven benzole), high purity p-Xylene can be isolated from xylenes mainly through crystallization processes and adsorption processes.

p-Xylene Handling. All xylene isomers should be stored in closed containers with appropriate labels and away from heat. Paraxylene should be stored at ambient temperature in tightly closed containers, which must be resealed when open and keep upright to prevent leakage. It is advised a detached or restricted area for this chemical storage and mechanical ventilation to get rid of toxic vapors or fumes from xylene or similar chemicals. Moreover, methods of handling flammable and combustible hydrocarbons must be followed, such as using electrically bound or ground containers to transfer/store these solutions.

p-Xylene Production. The two main commercial routes for xylenes production are based on catalytic reforming and toluene disproportionation. High purity Paraxylene, in turn, is obtained from mixed xylenes through separation methods such as crystallization and adsorption. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of p-Xylene are listed below.

  • Mixed xylenes (separation),
  • Toluene (Mobil MSTDP process, coproduced with benzene)

p-Xylene Uses. The uses and applications of Paraxylene may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Paraxylene are reagent grade (99% minimum purity) and technical grade (98% purity).

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