Solomon Benchmarking

Aromatics Study

Solomon’s performance peer groups allow comparisons on the basis of such characteristics as region, size, and complexity.

Performance peer groups are essential to Solomon's Worldwide Aromatics Plant Performance Analysis (Aromatics Study). This study was designed to provide aromatics complexes with a global perspective on the overall performance of all their units — no matter where they are housed. To accomplish this, the study includes performance peer groups from aromatics complexes around the world.

We provide a worldwide point of view that covers both your individual process unit performance and your aggregate aromatics complex performance. Imagine what you could accomplish with a focused view of performance across all of your aromatics units — regardless of where they are located.

Why Choose Solomon’s Aromatics Study?

Until now, aromatics facilities have not had access to process unit benchmarking performance data on a normalized and consistent basis. Solomon’s Aromatics Study employs our patented methodologies and provides a global perspective on the manufacturing performance of all your aromatics units.

For more than 100 aromatics plants worldwide, the Aromatics Study reports performance metrics for the overall global peer group as well as for peer groups based on regional location, capacity, and complexity.

How It Works

Data collection focuses on manufacturing data, with a heavy emphasis on operations and maintenance. Combine that with a viewpoint that extends beyond the region to include aromatics units around the world and you have a unique way to formulate a performance improvement plan with meaningful data.

The Aromatics Study focuses on a number of areas:

  • Site aromatics production
  • Process utilization
  • Energy consumption
  • Maintenance costs
  • Operating and mechanical reliability
  • Personnel
  • Process operating data by unit

The Aromatics Study provides analysis and metrics that compare the key performance metrics of your aromatics processing facilities to those of your facilities' regional and international peers. Comparisons are provided in a manner that supports the efforts of your performance improvement initiatives. The study delivers individual plant rankings for the following aromatics processes:

  • Catalytic Reforming
  • Gasoline/Naphtha Desulfurization and Treating
  • Cumene
  • Hydrodealkylation
  • Xylene Isomerization
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Benzene Column
  • Xylene Rerun Column
  • Orthoxylene Rerun Column
  • Naphtha Splitter
  • Cyclohexane
  • Toluene Disproportionation
  • Paraxylene
  • Reformate Splitter
  • Toluene Column
  • Xylene Splitter
  • Heavy Aromatic Column
  • Hydrogen Purification

The provides a truly global perspective on the performance highs and lows of all your units, regardless of location, starting with your aggregate complex performance and moving down in granularity to the level of the individual unit. This, combined with a viewpoint that moves beyond the region to encompass aromatics units around the world, gives you the meaningful data you need to formulate an effective performance improvement plan.

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Solomon’s studies help you find answers to the critical questions key to your business success:

  • How reliable are my facilities?
  • How does my equipment utilization compare to that of others?
  • Are my operating expenses comparable to those of companies with similar facilities?
  • Do my facilities produce a competitive gross margin, taking into account my utilization and complexity?
  • How do my facilities compare across the range of performance in the industry?

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