The new report by Procurement Resource, a global procurement research and consulting firm, looks in-depth into the costs involved in the production of 1,4-dimethylbenzene. The comprehensive report analyses the production cost of the material, covering raw material costs and co-product credit, equipment costs, land and site costs, labour wages, maintenance costs, financing charges, and the depreciation cost. The extensive study describes the step-wise consumption of material and utilities, along with a detailed process flow diagram. The report also assesses the latest developments within the 1,4-dimethylbenzene industry that might influence the costs of production, looking into the capacity expansions, plant turnarounds, and mergers, acquisitions, and investments.
1,4-Dimethylbenzene, also known as para-xylene or 4-xylene, belongs to a family of organic compounds known as p-xylenes. It appears to be a colourless watery liquid with a sweet odour. It is insoluble in water. All xylene isomers, including 1,4-dimethylbenzene are highly flammable. 1,4-Dimethylbenzene is an important chemical feedstock which is largely used in the synthesis of various polymers, such as polyethylene terephthalate and others.
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, various industries across the globe were forced to cut-down on or shut down their operations. The 1,4-dimethylbenzene industry also had to face such difficulty. However, with the lifting of lockdowns and easing of restrictions, the 1,4-dimethylbenzene industry is expected to grow at a fast pace in the coming years and several countries are expected to increase their production to meet its demand. One such country is China. The region is expected to triple its capacity to produce 1,4-dimethylbenzene by 2025. This increase will help China to maintain a balance between imports and exports of 1,4-dimethylbenzene based on domestic and international demand. Such developments are expected to influence the production cost of 1,4-dimethylbenzene.
The production cost report by Procurement Resource assesses the production of 1,4-dimethylbenzene via catalytic reforming. The process of catalytic reforming is the most commonly used production method in the industry. In this process, naphtha undergoes catalytic reformation, which is followed by a series of other steps such as distillation, adsorption or crystallisation, and reaction with m-xylene, o-xylene and ethylbenzene, thus, finally producing 1,4-dimethylbenzene.
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