Epichlorohydrin Prices, markets & analysis
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Epichlorohydrin Overview Transcript
Epichlorohydrin or ECH is an extremely versatile chemical intermediate.
There are two different ECH production processes one is propylene based, and the other is glycerine based. Most ECH producers use the propylene route.
ECH is used to produce a wide variety of products including epoxy resins, textiles, paper, inks and dyes.
Approximately three-quarters of the world’s consumption of ECH is used for epoxy resins, making demand from this sector the key to ECH prices.
ECH in Asia is mainly traded on a spot basis between producers and long-term end-users. Trade activity within Asia has become thinner in recent years, due to limited export availability from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China where there is strong domestic growth in epoxy resin demand.
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Epichlorohydrin: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2015
The European epichlorohydrin (ECH) market is expected to see prices fall in the first quarter of 2015 as buyers hope to benefit from falling upstream prices. However, producers look to limit ECH price reductions as they attempt to improve their own margins.
China’s domestic ECH spot prices may trend sideways in January as a result of reduced output from a few major local producers since December due to technical issues at their facilities. However, prices are expected to decline once these facilities resume usual production, although any declines are likely to be constrained and gradual on the back of rebounding prices of feedstock propylene after declines in the fourth quarter last year. China’s import prices are expected to continue to track domestic prices amid subdued trade.
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Epichlorohydrin (ECH) is a clear, colourless liquid with a sweet, pungent odour. The main production process is based on the chlorination of propylene to make allyl chloride as the intermediate step to ECH.
Around three-quarters of global ECH demand is used to make epoxy resins which offer corrosion resistance, solvent and chemical resistance, hardness and adhesion. They are used in the manufacture of adhesives, coatings and structural parts for the automotive, aerospace, electronics and construction industries. The electronics industry uses epoxy resins to encapsulate electronic components and protect them from damage.
Other uses for ECH include preparation of fibres in textile manufacture, improving the performance of paper products, and ion exchange resins.