Ortho-xylene

Ortho-xylene is a clear and colourless liquid with a characteristic odour. Repeated or prolonged exposure to it may cause a skin rash. It is flammable at room temperature. Ortho-xylene reacts violently with strong oxidants creating a fire and explosion hazard.

About the product

Ortho-xylene is a clear and colourless liquid with a characteristic odour. Repeated or prolonged exposure may cause a skin rash. It is flammable at room temperature. Ortho-xylene reacts violently with strong oxidants causing fire and explosion hazard.

Application

Ortho-xylene is the second largest of the three commercial isomers of xylene. Most ortho-xylene consumption is dedicated to phthalic anhydride (PAN) production, the major use of which is in plasticizers for PVC, strongly tied to the housing market, in unsaturated polyester resins used in the manufacture of reinforced laminates for the construction and motor vehicle industries as well as in alkyd resins used in solvent-based paints. All handlers of ortho-xylene must fully understand and observe the “Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)” to prevent leakage since it is highly flammable and poisonous.

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