The ICIS global vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) report is published weekly and covers Asia, Europe and the US. All three regions have price assessments for the spot markets within the report and there is valuable news and analysis within the commentary.
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Vinyl Chloride Monomer Overview Transcript
Vinyl chloride monomer, also known as VCM, is an intermediate in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production and is largely integrated, with only a small merchant market outside of contract agreements.
About 99% of VCM is used in the production of downstream PVC, which is the main driver of VCM prices.
Other drivers include movements in ethylene and chlorine costs as well as events in the wider chlor alkali chain, as producers need to balance the electro chemical unit in order to make the business profitable.
The economy is also a key driver for VCM consumption, as the PVC market is strongly linked with construction activity and GDP.
In the global VCM market, trading activity has depended on the outcome of PVC negotiations, which have been largely unsuccessful for producers, as poor conditions in the construction market continue to cap potential increases and producers’ efforts to pass higher ethylene costs.
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Vinyl chloride monomer: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
The European vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) market is structurally quiet and is expected to remain so due to the majority of production being integrated into PVC systems.
The spot market is expected to remain extremely quiet in the absence of major production issues, which could increase demand.
In Asia, VCM prices should continue to closely track PVC prices. With PVC prices expected to rebound for the rest of the year after bottoming out in June, Asian market participants expected VCM prices to enter an upward trend.
US VCM supply will likely remain snug until the middle of the third quarter after the April explosion and fire at a VCM plant in Veracruz, Mexico. US producers have upped exports to fill the gap and provide feedstock to Mexichem PVC plants in Mexico and Colombia even as two US producers suffered VCM outages.
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Vinyl Chloride Monomer Methodology
About Vinyl chloride monomer
Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is a colourless gas with a characteristic mild, sweet odour. A toxic and hazardous material, vinyl chloride has been classified as a group A, human carcinogen.
VCM is used almost exclusively in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacture. PVC itself is highly dependent on the construction market, which reflects the ups and downs of the world economies.
With the exception of China, nearly all production is now based on ethylene, which is first reacted with chlorine to make ethylene dichloride (EDC). The EDC is then converted to VCM by thermal cracking. In China, the dominant process to make VCM is based on acetylene produced from calcium carbide which is manufactured from coal and limestone.