Oct 2019

meta-Xylene Isophthalic Acid (MX-IPA) (2019 Program)

This techno-economic report focuses on the process technologies for meta-xylene recovery and key derivative isophthalic acid.  The IPA market has grown both from expansion of the PET industry and through increasing demand for adhesives and sealants.  The IPA industry consists of a handful of players, with about nine producers in seven countries.  The industry has mostly developed through the conversion of old PTA facilities and swing PTA/IPA operation.  The report profiles the major global technology holders, provides process economics for different production routes, and summarizes commercial applications and market drivers for isophthalic acid.