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
Updated to Q4 2014
Going into the last quarter of the year, market participants in Asia expect limited changes for methylene chloride prices, given the largely stable market fundamentals. Demand is expected to remain stable, as no positive or negative factors have been identified to drive the market significantly. Spot prices are expected to fluctuate within a narrow range, according to China-based market players.
In Europe,there are mixed views regarding the outlook of methylene chloride as producers continue to push for price increases, while buyers continue to resist any increments. Following a mixture of rollovers and price hikes in early October, the outlook for the rest of the year is unclear. Much will depend on availability levels in the fourth quarter.
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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.