Ethylene dichloride Prices, markets & analysis
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Ethylene dichloride: Market overview
In the global ethylene dichloride (EDC) market, prices are expected to continue their uptrend from late 2013, tracking gains in upstream ethylene prices.
Asia-origin EDC spot lots and deep-sea spot parcels are expected to remain limited in volumes, prompting expectations of persistently snug spot availability and firm prices. Many Asian EDC makers had switched to become importers of EDC as it was more cost-effective to import EDC directly instead of producing EDC from imported ethylene.
In Europe, even though EDC spot prices are likely to factor in the extent of the winter seasonal effect on downstream demand from the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market , this is likely to be mitigated by upstream ethylene costs and global export opportunities.
Meanwhile, the US enters 2014 with new production capacity coming on line and upward pressure on EDC prices and exports. US domestic demand is expected to be healthy in the first quarter with the seasonal uptick traditionally seen at that time.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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.