Ethylene dichloride Prices, markets & analysis
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Ethylene dichloride: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
The global ethylene dichloride (EDC) market should remain thinly traded in the fourth quarter with prices holding stable or softening slightly.
The European EDC market is likely to remain quiet for the fourth quarter as its downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market slows down seasonally. In addition, EDC buyers will monitor their inventory levels closely in view of bearish upstream sentiments. This should lead to stable-to-soft prices.
US EDC prices are expected to remain stable for the fourth quarter despite soaring feedstock ethylene prices as US producers aimed to maintain their market share in Asia.
The Asian spot EDC market has been thinly traded for much of this year due to wide buy-sell indications and ample contractual imports from the Middle East. This is expected to be carried over to next year. Prices should move in tandem with downstream PVC values as buyers had no urgent need to purchase higher-priced spot EDC cargoes.
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Ethylene Dichloride EDC Methodology
About Ethylene dichloride
Ethylene dichloride (EDC) is a clear, colourless, oily liquid with a sweet, pleasant chloroform-like odour. It is highly volatile, toxic, flammable and miscible with chlorinated hydrocarbons and most organic solvents. It reacts violently with aluminium, alkali metals, alkali amides, ammonia, bases, strong oxidants and attacks many metals in presence of water.
Around 95% of EDC is used in the production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), nearly all of which goes into polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Other outlets for EDC are chlorinated solvents such as ethyleneamines, trichloroethylene, vinylidene chloride and trichloroethane. It is used as an intermediate in the production of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) and as a catalyst in hexachlorophene production.
EDC has been used as a solvent in the textile, metal cleaning and adhesives industries. Solvent markets tend to be mature due to environmental pressures to reduce emissions and declining in the case of perchloroethylene.