The weekly Ethylene dichloride report is a global report encompassing updates from Asia, Europe and the US.
Each region provides news and market intelligence on upstream developments, production, demand and any other influencing factors. All areas focus on spot prices with quotes published for NWE, USG and NE Asia. The data and commentary provides you with a reliable source of independent information essential for making business decisions within this area of the industry.
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Ethylene dichloride: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
Global prices for ethylene dichloride (EDC) are expected to follow the price of crude oil, the precursor for feedstock naphtha in Asia and Europe. EDC produced in the US from ethane from shale gas, is the less expensive to produce, so US prices will follow below those in Asia and Europe.
The European EDC market is expected to continue structurally quiet as most producers integrate production into larger chlor-vinyl systems. Only production upsets or supply constraints are likely to push prices higher in Europe.
Spot prices in Asia have remained relatively stable despite consecutive months of price increases in downstream PVC market as ethylene costs have eased. Towards the end of the year, there may be increased spot volumes from the US due to US producers’ intention to maintain low inventories, which should result in softer discussions in Asia.
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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.