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 Q1 2017
The European and Asian epichlorohydrin (ECH) markets are facing upward price pressure at the start of 2017 following recent gains in key feedstock propylene prices. However, the development of ECH prices in Europe and Asia remain uncertain as market participants’ views concerning the supply and demand balance are divided, with market length remaining a moot point, as it was in late 2016. Demand for ECH in both markets in the first quarter of 2017 will continue to be driven by the downstream epoxy resins market. Major ECH producers in northeast Asia continue to reiterate minimum workable offers for cargoes into the key China market at $1,200/tonne CFR (cost & freight) CMP (China Main Ports). Buying indications remain at around $1,000/tonne CFR CMP, resulting in a persistent buy-sell gap that is unlikely to be bridged in the near term. Buyers based in China are reluctant to procure spot import cargoes as ECH is still readily available in the domestic market.
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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.