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You produce and consume polyester and intermediates; we provide the business intelligence you need to do so effectively and profitably.

Tecnon OrbiChem can help senior management level personnel, including procurement managers and business segment managers, make timely, well-informed decisions based on reliable and accurate data and analysis of key factors shaping the Polyester & intermediates (PX, PTA, DMT, MEG and PIA) markets on a monthly basis.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides detailed and comprehensive coverage of markets, prices, developments and trends for the global Polyester products and Intermediates (PX, PTA, DMT, MEG and PIA) industry. The reports also include informative tables and charts highlighting key trade statistics, regional price comparisons, and production/consumption trends.

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red-down-arrowMixed Xylene Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Mixed xylenes is an aromatic usually extracted from reformate, but it can also be obtained via toluene disproportionation. Mixed xylenes can be separated into three different isomers: paraxylene, orthoxylene and metaxylene, with paraxylene being the isomer of highest demand. Mixed xylenes can also be used directly for blending into gasoline or as a solvent.

red-down-arrowParaxylene Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Paraxylene is the main feedstock for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). These intermediates in turn are used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in fibres for textiles, bottles for soft drinks and water, as well as some film. Paraxylene is separated from a mixed xylene stream, which also has value as a source of gasoline blending components. Alternative routes to paraxylene include toluene disproportionation, which yields benzene as a co-product. It is a colourless, flammable liquid with a sweet odour.

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Dimethyl terephthalate is a white solid, derived from terephthalic acid (TPA) and methanol. Paraxylene is the main feedstock. DMT is mainly used as an intermediate in the production of polyester, but this use is not growing as most new polyester production is based on purified terephthalic acid feedstock, rather than DMT. There is some growth in the consumption of DMT as a feedstock for the production of cyclohexane dimethanol (CHDM), a comonomer in polyester films and resins. The main areas of DMT consumption are in polyester films and specialty fibres.

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Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is an intermediate in polyester production along with monoethylene glycol (MEG). PTA accounts for two thirds of the polyester molecule. It is made via the oxidation of paraxylene, and the final product is in the form of white flakes. Certain suppliers make medium-quality terephthalic acid (MTA) and qualified terephthalic acid (QTA) available, but the overwhelming bulk of polyester fibre and resin production is based on PTA. Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) competes with PTA as a polyester intermediate but all new polyester production is based on PTA feedstock.

red-down-arrowMonoethylene Glycol Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) is a chemical intermediate produced from ethylene oxide (EO). Its main use is as a feedstock for polyester condensate in conjunction with PTA and DMT. The other main use is in antifreeze/coolant blends. Most production processes give by-products di-ethylene glycol (DEG) and tri-ethylene glycol (TEG).

red-down-arrowIsophthalic Acid Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Isophthalic acid can be obtained by oxidising metaxylene with chromic acid, or by fusing potassium meta-sulphobenzoate or meta-bromobenzoate with potassium formate (terephthalic acid is also formed in the last case). Its applications include polyurethane dispersions for coatings, polyester resins for coatings, inks, magnetic tapes and polyester and nylon fibres. It is also used as a comonomer in polyethylene terephthalate packaging resins.

red-down-arrowPolyester Filament Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polyester filament is one of the two major product presentations for polyethylene terephthalate. Polyester filament is extruded by using a melt spinning process that extrudes a single filament or multiple filaments into a continuous bundle. Filament yarns are used in clothing, furnishings, tyre cord, carpeting and technical textiles.

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Polyester staple is a fibre made from polyethylene terephthalate. Unlike polyester filament, polyester staple is cut into short lengths during the manufacturing process. This allows the fibre to be easily blended with other fibres, primarily cotton, in a subsequent yarn spinning process. Polyester staple is used in apparel, home furnishings, nonwovens, carpet and fibrefill applications.

red-down-arrowPolyester Fibre Chip Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polyethylene terephthalate (polyester) fibre chips are the end product of the polyester polymerization step where the polyester polymer is dried and cut into small chips to prevent irregularities in consistency. Polyester fibre chips are then sold/shipped to polyester staple and filament producers where it is remelted and then extruded into fibres..

red-down-arrowPET Packaging Resin Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging resin is produced by reacting monoethylene glycol (MEG) with either terephthalic acid (TPA) or dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). The resultant monomer is heated under low vacuum pressure to form long chains of PET polymer. It is a clear, strong and lightweight packaging material that can be extruded or moulded into bottles and containers for drinks, food and household products. Post-consumer PET bottles are increasingly recycled to produce polyester staple fibre, packaging and bottles.

Mixed Xylene
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Mixed xylenes is an aromatic usually extracted from reformate, but it can also be obtained via toluene disproportionation. Mixed xylenes can be separated into three different isomers: paraxylene, orthoxylene and metaxylene, with paraxylene being the isomer of highest demand. Mixed xylenes can also be used directly for blending into gasoline or as a solvent.

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Paraxylene
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Paraxylene is the main feedstock for purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). These intermediates in turn are used to make polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for use in fibres for textiles, bottles for soft drinks and water, as well as some film. Paraxylene is separated from a mixed xylene stream, which also has value as a source of gasoline blending components. Alternative routes to paraxylene include toluene disproportionation, which yields benzene as a co-product. It is a colourless, flammable liquid with a sweet odour.

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DMT
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Dimethyl terephthalate is a white solid, derived from terephthalic acid (TPA) and methanol. Paraxylene is the main feedstock. DMT is mainly used as an intermediate in the production of polyester, but this use is not growing as most new polyester production is based on purified terephthalic acid feedstock, rather than DMT. There is some growth in the consumption of DMT as a feedstock for the production of cyclohexane dimethanol (CHDM), a comonomer in polyester films and resins. The main areas of DMT consumption are in polyester films and specialty fibres.

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PTA
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Purified terephthalic acid (PTA) is an intermediate in polyester production along with monoethylene glycol (MEG). PTA accounts for two thirds of the polyester molecule. It is made via the oxidation of paraxylene, and the final product is in the form of white flakes. Certain suppliers make medium-quality terephthalic acid (MTA) and qualified terephthalic acid (QTA) available, but the overwhelming bulk of polyester fibre and resin production is based on PTA. Dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) competes with PTA as a polyester intermediate but all new polyester production is based on PTA feedstock.

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Monoethylene Glycol
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Monoethylene glycol (MEG) is a chemical intermediate produced from ethylene oxide (EO). Its main use is as a feedstock for polyester condensate in conjunction with PTA and DMT. The other main use is in antifreeze/coolant blends. Most production processes give by-products di-ethylene glycol (DEG) and tri-ethylene glycol (TEG).

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Isophthalic Acid
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Isophthalic acid can be obtained by oxidising metaxylene with chromic acid, or by fusing potassium meta-sulphobenzoate or meta-bromobenzoate with potassium formate (terephthalic acid is also formed in the last case). Its applications include polyurethane dispersions for coatings, polyester resins for coatings, inks, magnetic tapes and polyester and nylon fibres. It is also used as a comonomer in polyethylene terephthalate packaging resins.

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Polyester Filament
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Polyester filament is one of the two major product presentations for polyethylene terephthalate. Polyester filament is extruded by using a melt spinning process that extrudes a single filament or multiple filaments into a continuous bundle. Filament yarns are used in clothing, furnishings, tyre cord, carpeting and technical textiles.

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Polyester Staple
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Polyester staple is a fibre made from polyethylene terephthalate. Unlike polyester filament, polyester staple is cut into short lengths during the manufacturing process. This allows the fibre to be easily blended with other fibres, primarily cotton, in a subsequent yarn spinning process. Polyester staple is used in apparel, home furnishings, nonwovens, carpet and fibrefill applications.

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Polyester Fibre Chip
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Polyethylene terephthalate (polyester) fibre chips are the end product of the polyester polymerization step where the polyester polymer is dried and cut into small chips to prevent irregularities in consistency. Polyester fibre chips are then sold/shipped to polyester staple and filament producers where it is remelted and then extruded into fibres..

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PET Packaging Resin
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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging resin is produced by reacting monoethylene glycol (MEG) with either terephthalic acid (TPA) or dimethyl terephthalate (DMT). The resultant monomer is heated under low vacuum pressure to form long chains of PET polymer. It is a clear, strong and lightweight packaging material that can be extruded or moulded into bottles and containers for drinks, food and household products. Post-consumer PET bottles are increasingly recycled to produce polyester staple fibre, packaging and bottles.

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Tecnon OrbiChem’s business information services offer a full range of reports featuring analysis, price data, and price forecasts for Polyester products (Textile and PET) and Intermediates (PX, PTA, DMT, MEG and PIA)

Regular updates of economic news and industry events that shape market trends, plus price histories and reports charting future capacity changes, provide senior executives and company managers a full view of market activity and add proper perspective to the industry.

About Polyester & Intermediates

Polyester resins are used primarily for textile and packaging related products, and use the same raw materials or intermediates for their production.

Textile Polyester is the most commonly used synthetic fibre. The fibre can be manufactured in different shapes and sizes for specific purposes. It is durable and resistant to many chemicals, as well as strong, easy to dye and lightweight. It is resistant to shrinking, stretching, wrinkling and abrasions. Polyester is often blended with other fibres, and it is used in thousands of consumer and industrial applications such as fashion dresses, coats and anoraks, sheets, duvet and filling covers, sleeping bags, soft furnishings, sewing threads and many others.

Packaging Polyester is firmly established as the consumers’ container of choice. Soft drinks were the key driver in this acceptance, followed by mineral water, together with a growing number of other beverages (isotonic, beer, milk), food-packaging (from trays for fresh fruit to containers with heat resistance, long-shelf-life or other specific properties), non-food packaging (household and personal product applications) and many others.

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