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Ortho Xylene
Ortho-Xylene

Ortho-xylene is the second largest of the three commercial isomers of xylene. Ortho-xylene reacts violently with strong oxidants, becoming a fire and explosion hazard. Repeated or prolonged exposure may cause skin rashes. Orthoxylene is the most preferred solvent in the aromatics range due to its narrow distillation range, relatively low volatility and high solvency.

Majority of ortho-xylene consumption is dedicated for phthalic anhydride (PAN) production. The major use for PAN is in the manufacture of phthalate plasticisers used in the compounding of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins and unsaturated polyesters resins (UPRs) used in glass-reinforced thermoset engineering applications and alkyd resins used mainly for surface coatings.

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One of the major developing applications of OX is in the production polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) polymer, which is used in the packaging industry where a tougher material than PET is mandated. PEN is expected to increase OX demand in India in the future since it is still in its emerging stage.

Ortho-xylene has witnessed modest capacity additions in India, as almost half of the production is exported due to a surplus domestic production. Demand has recorded mild variations every year due to fluctuations in the demand for its end products. The primary end products of OX find applications in the housing, construction and related industries. These industries are sensitive to the GDP and a slow growth of the country will hamper the demand, supply scenario.

The OX industry in India therefore was in turmoil during the economic slowdown of 2008-2010 as the housing industry in several western countries crashed. Fluctuations in international demand have a proportionate impact on the fortunes of the domestic industry. The use of ortho-xylene for the manufacture of surface coatings in also susceptible to decline due to a greater demand for water-based and power coating technologies. The demand for OX however has been growing moderately in the domestic market.

Highlights of the Report

  •  Domestic installed capacity, production and demand
  •  Key Manufacturers in India
  •  Domestic Market Share and Trends
  •  Region-wise Demand Distribution
  •  Month-wise Import Quantities
  •  Month-wise Export Quantities
  •  Country-wise Share of Imports
  •  Port-wise Share of Imports
  •  Major End Users, Traders and Distributors
  •  CIF Pricing
  •  Prominent Production Technology Licensors
  •  Industrial Manufacturing Process
  •  Application and Use in Diverse Sectors
  •  Global Market highlights
  •  Health Impacts
  •  Chemical and Physical Properties
  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Chemical and Physical Properties
    2. Application and Use
    3. Health Impacts
    4. Industrial Manufacturing Process
    5. Prominent Production Technology Licensors
  2. Chapter 2: Indian Scenario
    1. Production and Demand
    2. Region-wise Demand Distribution
    3. Key Producers in India
    4. Market Share and Trends
    5. Import and Exports
      1. Month-wise Import Quantities
      2. Month-wise Export Quantities
      3. Country-wise Share of Imports
      4. Port-wise Share of Imports
    6. Major End Users, Traders and Distributors
    7. Pricing in India
      1. CIF Pricing
  3. Chapter 3: Global scenario

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