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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.
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Asia’ ethylene dichloride (EDC) spot prices were assessed as higher during the period of mid-August till mid-November, tracking gains in upstream ethylene prices brought about by unexpected outages at regional ethylene facilities and the subsequent tight spot supply.
Increased demand for EDC from regional chlor-alkali makers with integrated units also lent upward support to prices, as these makers preferred to import EDC for downstream production purposes instead of importing higher-priced ethylene as it was more cost-effective to do so.
According to ICIS data, prices on 16 August were at an average of $350/tonne CFR NE Asia before gaining steadily to $382.50/tonne CFR NE Asia on 8 November.
On the supply front, regional supply of EDC is tight, following closely monitored operating rates at regional facilities considering the squeezed margins incurred from high-priced upstream ethylene and declining downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices.
Going forward, most market participants believe that EDC prices would be supported by firm upstream ethylene prices and stable demand despite falling downstream prices.
Updated to mid-November 2013
European ethylene dichloride (EDC) spot values have generally trended up between August and early September, supported by seasonally good demand from the downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market during the summer/mild autumn this year and higher feedstock costs in August and September and the need to recoup lost margins. In August, EDC spot prices were assessed either side of $300/tonne FOB (free on board) NWE (northwest Europe). From the second half of September until mid-November, EDC spot prices were largely stable, as some relief in upstream ethylene costs in October and November were weighed against ongoing reasonable PVC demand for the time of the year. Vinyl producers prefer to buy in EDC rather than VCM on the merchant market if the need arises to support downstream PVC demand or to balance out their system, stating that it makes more economic sense to do so because it is cheaper to buy EDC based on price level and logistical costs.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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