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Ethylene dichloride Asia, Europe & US Transcript
ICIS publishes a weekly global report on ethylene dichloride or EDC which covers the markets in Asia, United States and Europe.
The report tracks CFR northeast and southeast Asia prices, as well as FOB US Gulf and western Europe prices. Feedstock ethylene prices are also included.
Our global team of editors assess prices based on information supplied by our extensive list of market sources which include buyers, producers and traders.
Asia is the main destination for exports of EDC and our report tracks these as they happen. Deep sea export business is almost exclusively for the production of polyvinyl chloride, although there is significant demand for EDC from non-vinyl buyers in China, this is minor compared with the demand from the vinyl sector.
Price differentials between the different end-use sectors therefore result, with non-vinyl buyers willing to pay a premium price to secure EDC supply.
With its global outlook, based on strong regional reporting, our information on spot-transactions, supply-demand balances, exports and imports as well as contract price negotiations and settlements, provides readers with a very comprehensive overview of all the factors impacting EDC markets.
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Updated to Q1 2016
EDC prices in Asia firmed slowly and steadily throughout Q1. Buying interest in spot EDC remained robust as deep-sea volumes remained competitive due to high feedstock ethylene prices in Asia. EDC prices encountered a surge in prices in the second half of March as downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices encountered their largest month-on-month increase in a year.
Asia continued to remain an attractive export destination for US EDC producers as feedstock ethylene prices in the US were much softer than in Asia. In addition, many vinyl producers in Asia found purchasing spot EDC cargoes as an attractive alternative to the captive production of EDC from high priced Asian ethylene cargoes.
For most of Q1, EDC prices firmed slowly despite strong buying responses as downstream PVC prices were stable-to-slightly firm only. However, there was a large jump in PVC prices for the March-loading period, which in turn supported sentiment among EDC market players, leading to a steeper upward price trend in end Q1.
Average EDC prices were at $250/tonne CFR NE Asia at the start of Q1, firming to $260/tonne CFR NE Asia on 11 March, before rising to $275/tonne CFR NE Asia by the end of March.
Updated to Q1 2016
The European ethylene dichloride (EDC) market has been exceptionally quiet in early 2016 with very few spot sales in the first three months of the year.
The majority of EDC is used to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with production integrated into chlorvinyls systems, and as a result the European EDC market does not normally see much spot business unless material is needed to fill a gap in production.
In addition the global PVC market was quite slow in the first two months of the year due to volatile feedstocks and macroeconomic uncertainty, which further reduced the possibility of sales.
Feedstock ethylene prices trended downwards in the first quarter, but the EDC market is typically driven more by supply and demand trends than upstream trends.
Updated to Q4 2014
The US ethylene dichloride (EDC) market began to enjoy lower feedstock costs in the US as global market prices fell and US producers followed the market to maintain international share.
US EDC prices fell from an average of $390/tonne on an FOB US Gulf basis, to an average of $300/tonne in early December.
US EDC export volumes were up 25% through October from 2013 on new production capacity and trade increases to Taiwan and India, where it has doubled, according to trade figures from the US International Trade Commission.
Trade activity has been helped by lowering ethylene prices in the US where several ethane crackers are returning to service after months-long unplanned outages. Ethylene was down to an average of $910/ton in November from $1,090/ton in September (from 54.5 cents/lb to 45.5 cents/lb).
Production of derivative product polyvinyl chloride is expected to grow in 2015 on increased demand from construction activity and macroeconomic growth.
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