The weekly Ethylene dichloride report is a global report encompassing updates from Asia, Europe and the US.
Each region provides news and market intelligence on upstream developments, production, demand and any other influencing factors. All areas focus on spot prices with quotes published for NWE, USG and NE Asia. The data and commentary provides you with a reliable source of independent information essential for making business decisions within this area of the industry.
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Ethylene dichloride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Due to falling spot prices of liquid caustic soda, chlor-alkali producers in northeast Asia are considering to lower production rates of caustic soda and co-product chlorine, which is a feedstock for EDC. This could affect regional spot supply of EDC. Deep-sea import cargoes from the USA are also limited until August/September.
There is uncertainty if demand for solvent end-use in China will be sustained. Due to tight spot availability of EDC, integrated vinyl producers might procure ethylene feedstock or obtain spot VCM shipments.
European EDC supply is expected to remain mostly stable in Q3. There will be planned turnarounds at several European producers, but this is not expected to significantly tighten spot availability because of low levels of merchant demand. Feedstock chlorine capacity utilisation typically rises in July but falls in August and September.
European EDC demand is expected to be balanced and stable in Q3 compared to Q2, with activity typically rising in July but falling during the holiday period in August. Spot demand is expected to make up a relatively small proportion of the market because the majority of volumes are contracted or integrated into production.
US supply of EDC is likely to continue steady to long as US chlor-alkali producers maximize production of derivative polyvinyl chloride (PVC) through the summer peak construction season. US producers have been making solid returns on both sides of the chlor-alkali production chain.
Demand for US EDC is likely to pick up during the early part of the third quarter as chlor-alkali plants in Asia enter a season heavy with planned maintenances. US plants will also be running hard and ample supply which is likely to help curb upward price pressure.
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Ethylene Dichloride EDC Methodology
About Ethylene dichloride
Ethylene dichloride (EDC) is a clear, colourless, oily liquid with a sweet, pleasant chloroform-like odour. It is highly volatile, toxic, flammable and miscible with chlorinated hydrocarbons and most organic solvents. It reacts violently with aluminium, alkali metals, alkali amides, ammonia, bases, strong oxidants and attacks many metals in presence of water.
Around 95% of EDC is used in the production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), nearly all of which goes into polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Other outlets for EDC are chlorinated solvents such as ethyleneamines, trichloroethylene, vinylidene chloride and trichloroethane. It is used as an intermediate in the production of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) and as a catalyst in hexachlorophene production.
EDC has been used as a solvent in the textile, metal cleaning and adhesives industries. Solvent markets tend to be mature due to environmental pressures to reduce emissions and declining in the case of perchloroethylene.