CEH: Xylenes Report

CEH: ortho-Xylene

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Feb 2022. ortho-Xylene (1,2-dimethyl-benzene, o-xylene, or OX) is an aromatic compound that is commonly derived from crude oil sources. It is found in the mixed xylenes stream, which is a mixture of ortho-xylene, meta-xylene (MX), and para-xylene (PX). While very similar in structure, these three isomers have very different chemical properties and applications. OX is the second-most-consumed component obtained from the mixed xylenes stream, after PX; in 2021, OX accounted for less than 5% of the global mixed xylenes demand. Over the past decade, OX capacity has increased slightly. Capacity has seen expansion before declining moderately owing to a feedstock shift in the production of phthalic anhydride (PA), the major end use of ortho-xylene. PA is used primarily to produce phthalate-based PVC plasticizers, unsaturated polyester resins used for fiber-reinforced resins, and alkyd resins used for coatings. It has further improved in 2020 and 2021. Overall, global OX demand is projected to record a percentage increase in the low single digits through 2026.

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  • Publish Date: 2022-02-28
  • Chemical Focus: Aromatics and Fibers
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Content Type: Report
  • Delivery: Email with link to PDF file


    • Global summary; regional coverage
    • Producers with annual capacities and plant sites
    • Consumption and five-year forecast by end-use application
    • Price and production figures and trends
    • Trade imports and exports

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