Methylene chloride Prices, markets & analysis
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Methylene chloride Overview Transcript
Methylene chloride is a chlorinated solvent used in a wide variety of applications. In the solvent sector it is often used as a paint stripper, metal degreaser and general use solvent,
However, many of these uses are being phased out gradually because of methylene chloride’s potential toxicity.
It is also a key feedstock for the refrigerant R410a which is widely used in industrial and commercial applications. Because it does not deplete the ozone R410a has replaced a number of refrigerants.
Methylene chloride supply is tight after capacity rationalisation hit the market a few years ago. With strengthening demand from the refrigerants sector, the chemical’s future looks strong.
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Methylene chloride: Market overview
The European methylene chloride market is expected to remain largely stable with producers hoping for increases as prices are at historical lows. Sellers are hoping the expected second-quarter plant maintenance shutdowns will reduce availability to a point where price increases will be possible. Demand is not expected to change dramatically in the second quarter, meaning any significant alteration in market fundamentals must come from the supply side.
The methylene chloride market in Asia is expected to remain relatively stable in terms of supply/demand fundamentals, according to market players. Market participants are expecting improving demand from the Chinese domestic market as sales traditionally pick up after the Lunar New Year holiday in China and will last until the third quarter of the year, local producers said. However, players will also keep a close eye on whether more competitively priced deep-sea cargoes will be made available in Asia.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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Methylene Chloride Methodology
About Methylene chloride
Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is a chlorinated hydrocarbon produced by the chlorination of chloromethane. Further chlorination of the mixture of chlorinated methanes results in chloroform and carbon tetrachloride being produced.
Methylene chloride’s ability to dissolve a wide range of organic compounds makes it a useful solvent for many chemical processes. It is also used as a paint stripper and metal cleaning and finishing. Other applications include aerosol propellants, foam blowing, extraction medium in food processes, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
While methylene dichloride is the least toxic of the simple chlorohydrocarbons, it has health risks due to its volatility. It is also considered to be a potential occupational carcinogen. As a result, alternatives have been sought in many applications.