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 Q2 2017
European ethylene dichloride (EDC) liquidity and demand is likely to be higher in the second quarter from the first due to higher seasonal demand for downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Prices had risen in the first quarter, with sources anticipating that this trend will continue later in the year due to the better season for the downstream construction industry and shutdowns for PVC producers in the second quarter.
The EDC spot price in Asia is likely to be lower in the second quarter. Upstream ethylene prices were on a downtrend in March and the price fall is expected to carry over to softer EDC prices. Downstream PVC demand is weaker than than expected and PVC prices are expected to be softer in the coming months. This will likely mean softer EDC prices.
The US EDC market expects the price direction to be in line with that of derivative PVC. US domestic prices are increasing, but a lull in spot export prices has made the market in the second quarter more uncertain. US exports are expected to increase during the quarter with the end of maintenances in the US Gulf region.
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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.