Methylene chloride Prices, markets & analysis
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Commentary on the US Methylene chloride marketplace is also included, as this region could potentially supply methylene chloride to Asia.
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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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Asia’s methylene chloride spot prices have declined since December 2013. The spot prices dropped to around $585/tonne FOB (free on board) China from the $620/tonne FOB China level in the first week of December 2013.
Supply from China remained ample and producers faced intense competition from deep-sea cargoes that were readily available.
However, prices in the domestic market recovered in February after the Lunar New Year holiday in China and this had provided some support to the export prices.
Updated to Q1 2014
The ICIS Asia Methylene Chloride price report gives buyers, sellers and traders access to unbiased price assessments for Asia, including China and India which are the key markets driving price movements in the region. You can use this weekly pricing information as a benchmark for your transactions.
Insights into the various factors influencing prices will enable you to build an overview of where the market is heading as well as anticipate the best time to buy and sell methylene chloride.
Information covered in the report includes:
- Monthly price assessments on an FOB China (drummed), CIF India (bulk) and CIF SE Asia (drummed) basis
- Weekly overview and outlook for the Asian methylene chloride market
- Related industry news updates
- Analysis of the various price and market drivers in Asia
- Market news, updates and commentary on key Asian markets (including China, India, northeast and southeast Asia)
- Analysis of trade in the US and European markets to better understand the trading dynamics between the two regions
- Weekly commentary including the latest available market fundamentals data on feedstock (chlorine), import/export and production news
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methylene chloride. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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