Prices for mixed xylene in North America rose sharply in the fourth quarter of 2021, owing to strong demand from downstream agrochemicals and paint manufacturers. In this time frame, the pricing pattern of mixed xylene was directly supported by volatility in upstream crude oil values and strong offers of upstream benzene and toluene. Because the US buys benzene from South Korea, prohibitive freight costs kept prices in the US market high. As a result, FOB Texas prices settled at 998 USD/MT in December, up 11% from October. Prices for mixed xylene are expected to rise further in 2022 due to higher upstream crude oil prices.
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Xylene refers to any one of three isomers or a mixture of three isomers of dimethylbenzene, which have same chemical formula ((CH3)2C6H4) but different molecular structure. The three isomers, that is, ortho (o), meta (m), and para (p), differ structurally only in the placement of the methyl groups. Xylene is utilised as solvents, as components of aviation fuel, and as raw materials for the production of dyes, fibres, etc. Each of the 3 compounds has a central benzene ring with two methyl groups attached as substituents. In appearance they are all colourless, flammable liquids, some of which are of great commercial value.
Chemical Formula of Xylene:
In this process, toluene and benzene are utilised for the production of Xylenes. Toluene and benzene are methylated to finally produce Xylenes, where the ratio of all the three isomers differ in value that can also be shifted to favour the more valued p-xylene using other processes or catalysts.
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