Epichlorohydrin is covered by ICIS in Asia and Europe on a weekly basis. In Asia, price assessments focus on spot activity, while in Europe it is a monthly contract price.
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Epichlorohydrin: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
The supply of spot cargoes in the domestic China market is expected to remain limited. Likewise, the supply of spot import cargoes into China is anticipated to remain tight as northeast Asian producers outside China continue diverting cargoes to markets such as the USA, Europe and India amid better netbacks.
The demand for spot import cargoes is likely to remain subdued amid a persistent buy-sell gap. Buyers indicated that they will be relying on domestic cargoes to fulfil their immediate requirements. Producers outside China are also not keen to lower their offers to entice buyers in the key China market.
Activity on the European ECH market could quieten over the summer, as plants shut down to undertake maintenance in July and August. As prices on the Asian market have started to decline, then there could be an influx of imported material, which could drive down prices in Europe.
Traditionally, activity starts to become more subdued as downstream producers schedule maintenance at their plants over the summer when a lull in demand is anticipated. As demand for European epoxy resins began falling in May, the knock-on effect could impact ECH in the third quarter.
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Epichlorohydrin (ECH) is a clear, colourless liquid with a sweet, pungent odour. The main production process is based on the chlorination of propylene to make allyl chloride as the intermediate step to ECH.
Around three-quarters of global ECH demand is used to make epoxy resins which offer corrosion resistance, solvent and chemical resistance, hardness and adhesion. They are used in the manufacture of adhesives, coatings and structural parts for the automotive, aerospace, electronics and construction industries. The electronics industry uses epoxy resins to encapsulate electronic components and protect them from damage.
Other uses for ECH include preparation of fibres in textile manufacture, improving the performance of paper products, and ion exchange resins.