Ethylene dichloride Prices, markets & analysis
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Ethylene dichloride: Market overview
Ethylene dichloride (EDC) supply is expected to ease in the US and Asia during the second quarter, following recent market tightness. Stable-to-softer ethylene feedstock prices in Asia during March and into early April mean that EDC prices are likely to follow a similar trend and more domestic EDC is likely to be produced than in the first quarter. In addition, more import cargoes are expected from the US and Middle East which would improve supply in Asia and could cause some price softening.
In the US, a logistical improvement in feedstock supply in parts of the country and the resolution of production problems at Axiall’s upstream vinyl chloride (VCM) plant in Louisiana are likely to bring the US EDC market back into balance.
In Europe, spot activity in early Q2 is quite thin, with some talk that recent price rises have stifled incremental demand to some extent, along with some maintenance plans.
However, any length in Europe is being removed by some export activity to Asia in the early part of the second quarter, although it remains to be seen if this will continue, depending on price developments and how demand pans out in the two regions.
Updated to mid-April 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.