Para Xylene


Paraxylene (PX) is the largest produced isomer of the xylene group, separated from the mixed xylene stream that results from the refining of petroleum. Almost all of the globally produced PX finds its demand in the polyester chain manufacture.

Being the primary feedstock of Purified Terephthalic Acid, which is used in the production of polyester fibres, films and resins, PX is an important feedstock in the domestic as well as the global market.

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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most important end products of PX, recording one of the highest growth rates in chemicals in the past 5 years. Though a small portion of PX produced is also used as a solvent in the production of di-paraxylene and herbicides, majority of the production is consumed by the polyester industry, via purified terephthalic acid (PTA) or dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), the two most important intermediates of PX.

Demand for PX has been steady in the domestic market, recording moderate growth since 2005. PX is one of the few chemicals which witnessed growth even during the global economic slowdown of 2008-2010. India has a huge domestic capacity of PX, which allows for a substantial amount to be exported. However, due to availability of cheap imports, modest amounts of PX are imported to meet domestic demand. The market dynamics of PX in the domestic market is, therefore, intricate since the country imports as well as accounts for considerable quantities of exports.

The demand for PX in India is driven by the huge appetite for PET which has witnessed aggressive growth rates in recent years. The PTA industry, a primary feedstock for PET production, is one of the largest consumers of PX. Reliance Industries Limited is the largest manufacturer of PX in the country. Due to intense vertical integration, the huge PX production by Reliance allowed the company to successfully become the largest PET producer as well.

The quick replacement of glass in beverage packaging by PET has lead to huge capacity additions, especially in Asia. PX capacity additions, however, have not kept pace with the hasty additions in the PTA industry, causing a slump in PTA production and forcing several PTA producers to limit or stop production. Since the textile industry has slowed significantly in America and Europe, Asia has emerged as the fastest growing market for polyester, further fuelling the demand for PX in the Asian market. PX demand in the coming years will be influenced by tight conditions in the PTA industry and slowing growth rates of PET in several developed nations.

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 PricingM
  •  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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