The global annual production of Dimethyl terephthalate is estimated to be 135,000 tons. Dimethyl terephthalate is formed from the reaction of terephthalic acid and methanol.
Plasticizers such as Dimethyl terephthalate are used to modify and improve polymer materials. Dimethyl terephthalate is used to make esters that can be utilized as plasticizers. These plasticizers are found in polyester resins, polyester polyols, dyes and pigments, anhydrides and insect repellents. Dimethyl terephthalate is a building block in making many useful X-ray and video films, thermoplastics, as well as electrical capacitors.
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