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 Q2 2016
Higher prices are expected for any ethylene dichloride (EDC) deals due to an upward trend in feedstocks and a stronger demand season for downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Merchant spot activity is expected to continue to be low because most EDC production is integrated into larger chorvinyl systems.
US EDC markets are likely to see adequate supply but rising prices as the feedstock follows the expected price increases of derivative PVC on seasonal demand growth and tighter supply during the quarter. US EDC exports are up 46% for the first two months of 2016, to 224,225 tonnes combined for January and February, as rising ethylene costs in Asia have made the US feedstock economically feasible for producers of PVC in that region.
Asia EDC prices are expected to slowly but steadily firm due to higher offers from the US. However, softening feedstock ethylene and downstream PVC prices are expected in the second half of the second quarter, which would dampen buyers’ sentiments, especially if offers continue to rise.
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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.