U.S. toluene, mixed xylene, and paraxylene demands to see steady growth

Robin G. Harvan Bonner & Moore Associates Inc. Houston Toluene and mixed xylene demands are subject to complex factors, according to forecasts by Bonner & Moore Associates Inc. (BMAI). Toluene demand is expected to increase at an annual rate of 1.5% from 1995 to 2015, while mixed xylenes and paraxylene demand will increase at an annual rate of 2.0% and 3.2%, respectively, during the same period. Paraxylene is produced by isomerizing mixed xylenes, which are obtained primarily from refinery reformate streams with lesser volumes derived from pyrolysis gasoline and disproportionation of toluene. Although some 70% of mixed xylenes are isomerized to make paraxylene, ...

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