CEH: Xylenes Report

CEH: ortho-Xylene

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Sep 2020. 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. Over the past decades, OX capacity has declined 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. 

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  • Publish Date: 2020-09-15
  • Chemical Focus: Aromatics and Fibers
  • Number of Pages: 94
  • 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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