Ethylene dichloride Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS provides independent and unbiased pricing information, news and market analysis for the global Ethylene dichloride market. Our network of price reporters, based in Asia, Europe and the US, deliver local insight for each of these markets, which is published in our individual weekly and daily price reports.
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Ethylene dichloride: Market overview
After a lacklustre 2012, activity in the global market for ethylene dichloride (EDC) showed signs of improvement in the middle of 2013, remaining largely stable from May until August, because demand for downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has generally picked up in most regions.
Most notably, the long-simmering rebound of the US homebuilding industry has shown signs of finally taking hold, following the sharp downturn that helped bring about the financial crisis of 2007-09. While still uneven, most indicators show that home construction, one of the key consumer segments for PVC, is on the way to a sustained recovery in the US, albeit not at the levels seen before the crisis.
Europe, too, recently has shown some improvement in the market for PVC after a long period of weak demand amid ongoing financial and recessionary problems in the eurozone.
In Asia, weak demand and a wide gap in buying and selling indications continued to affect trade in the China market. Northeast Asian producers face further cost pressure from high electricity costs and firm upstream ethylene costs, while buyers held firmly to lower buying ideas because of lower-priced material available from the US during May till early July.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.