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 Q4 2018
Supply of spot cargoes in the domestic China market is expected to remain balanced. Likewise, 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 USA, Europe and India amid better netback.
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.
Epichlorohydrin (ECH) fundamentals are tipped to remain relatively stable heading into Q4. Although Spolchemie will halt ECH supply in early October, stock has been built up ahead of its scheduled maintenance. The biggest variable is likely be any change in the volume of imports entering Europe.
Healthy demand is expected to last throughout Q4, while buyers are likely to accept any increase based on propylene - if the rises are small enough. Any attempt to increase prices above a gain in feedstock values is likely to be put on hold until next year as activity tapers off during the Christmas period. Imports could also curb demand.
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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.