Epichlorohydrin is covered by ICIS in Asia and Europe on a weekly basis. In Asia, price assessments focus on spot activity, while in Europe it is a monthly contract price.
Both reports give commentary including news and analysis on the Epichlorohydrin markets, upstream and downstream markets, graph,s and any other factors driving prices. If you are a involved in epichlorohydrin, or related markets, this intelligence will help you be equipped with the most up-to-date information when making vital business choices.
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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 Q2 2016
Asian epichlorohydrin (ECH) prices may firm slightly in the Chinese import market at the start of the second quarter. That said, its performance in the second quarter will depend greatly on the Chinese domestic spot market.
With feedstock prices in propylene and chlorine trending up in the domestic Chinese market, it would be surprising if Chinese ECH producers maintained their Q1 offer prices into the second quarter.
Finally, with warmer weather expected in China, many downstream liquid epoxy resin (LER) producers are expected to do better in terms of orders and that might lead to better demand for ECH.
The European ECH market is well balanced as the market moves into the second quarter. Demand is healthy and may strengthen as the traditional peak season for the downstream epoxy resins market gets underway. Price direction continues to be largely directed by movements in key feedstock propylene, although the percentage of propylene price movements passed on will depend on the development of supply and demand dynamics as the quarter progresses.
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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.