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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 Q2 2015
There is a firmer domestic spot price tendency for European methylene chloride early in the second quarter, linked to reduced availability, resulting from production problems. The latter of which has led to some additional demand for others. While the firmer price sentiment is largely driven by market rather than feedstock factors, one distributor suggested that prices could trend up in Europe, if production problems were to persist and if feedstocks were to be steady-to-firm.
In the second week of April, spot prices in the Mediterranean rose by €10/tonne, with prices comfortably in the €400s/tonne FD MED. In northwest Europe, the sentiment was also firm, although in terms of actual numbers quoted, prices were somewhat mixed and the range remained steady at €490-530/tonne FD northwest Europe, pending further market feedback.
In Asia, key Chinese producers suggest some upside potential in spot prices, supported by the recovering demand in the domestic market and slightly firmer prices seen locally, along with the expected seasonal pick-up in China. However, while most producers in Asia tried to raise prices from April onwards, there are some questions over whether downstream performance is sufficient to support any upward price movement.
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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.