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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 Q3 2014
The outlook for European methylene chloride spot prices is mixed as producers continue to look for margin recovery increases while buyers and some distributors are resisting such a move due to low demand and high availability. Due to the lack of any defined seasonality, demand is expected to be stable, however supply could tighten with a spate of maintenance outages expected in the third quarter. This could also add upward pressure on prices if availability is significantly reduced by the shutdowns.
The spot prices ex-China were previously bolstered by higher feedstock chlorine prices due to tightened supply, and the spot prices on FOB China basis had since been supported at $600-650/tonne by the increased buying interest from India. One Indian producer was heard to have had outages in its plant and the restart date remained unclear.
Demand in China is to remain largely stable throughout the third quarter of the year and prices are expected to fluctuate within a narrow range given the current supply-demand fundamentals.
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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.