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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
Updated to Q1 2015
Thus far in 2015, European methylene chloride has held steady, with increases quoted in some regions despite a more than 50% fall in the price of crude. Market players have noted the link between crude and methylene chloride is more indirect, as the latter is a chlorinated solvent. Producers said price increases are due as methylene chloride production is down on the back of low profit margins for caustic soda.
The export prices of methylene chloride in the key China market are expected to fluctuate within small ranges, said major producers in China. Although there were no positive factors in the spot market to drive up prices, producers are not willing to slash offers just to induce buying interest, given the already squeezed margins, one producer said.
Demand in the downstream sectors is expected to stay relatively stable, although traditionally buying activities are expected to gather pace going into the second quarter of the year. As the Asian market is fundamentally oversupplied, Chinese producers will keep a close eye on their margins and adjust their operating rates accordingly, players added.
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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.