Hydrochloric acid Prices, markets & analysis
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Hydrochloric acid Europe and US Transcript
The ICIS hydrochoric acid report is a weekly summary of the developments in the hydrochloric acid market in Europe and the US.
For the European section, the report includes delivered price ranges of 33% technical grade material in a host of local markets including Germany, Belgium, Northern France, and the Mediterranean.
The US price section contains an ex-works price for the US Gulf.
To support the price assessment, the report includes details of local developments of supply and demand, trade flows, production at various plants, inventories and market sentiment.
The report also keeps a close eye on the US chlorine market, to provide further perspective.
Commentary and assessments are produced as the result of many discussions with a cross-section of market players representing all sectors of the market.
The ICIS report is essential for our customers, as it provides them with the detailed information they need to make timely business decisions while it can also be used as a tool in negotiations.
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The hydrochloric acid (HCl) market is characterised by national supply-demand balances based on logistical constraints. Transporting HCI is expensive and dangerous, and is generally distributed within 150km (93 miles) of production.
HCl is a by-product of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) production and any change to their output affects HCl supply. If MDI and TDI capacities decrease in Europe, HCl supply tightens.
HCl prices for 2013 have decreased by €5-10/tonne because of healthy availability and steady-to-soft demand. Suppliers had targeted increases to improve margins and because of 2-4% higher transport costs, as well as expected tight supply, following the closure of Zachem's 75,000 tonne/year TDI unit in Poland in December 2012.
Supply is long because of healthy upstream production rates and average demand.
The outlook for the year is largely steady, although concerns regarding offtake from the automotive and construction sectors remain, given poor macroeconomic conditions.
In the US, prices have remained generally stable to soft since hikes were announced in 2011 after weeks of tight supply and robust demand, particularly from the domestic oil and gas drilling sectors.
Updated to mid-February 2013
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