The ICIS Hydrochloric Acid report covers both the European and US markets and is published on a weekly basis. Both regions focus on pricing assessments for technical grade material.
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Hydrochloric acid: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Supply shortages in Spain are expected to continue in the third quarter. However, elsewhere in Europe demand is expected to decrease during the summer period which should ease constraints. The French rail strikes were scheduled to end in late June, which will ease logistic constraints, though truck shortages are expected to continue. Players have mixed views regarding the impact of BASF’s pending toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) production restart. Some expect this will create market length, whilst others expect little impact to be felt on the overall supply-and-demand balance next quarter.
Aliphos’ di-calcium phosphate (DCP) plant in Dunkirk, France is scheduled to ramp up to its full capacity of 220,000 tonnes/year in mid-2018. This is expected to increase HCl consumption in Europe. However, the summer period tends to be one of lower demand, particularly in southern Europe. As a result, demand is expected to be mixed in the third quarter.
A large plant maintenance during July will likely tighten supply for the month and suppliers will work inventories lower. Production from most producers should stay steady, though, limitiing the supply constraints.
Summer demand for water treatment purposes, food processing and for chemical processing will hold at their peak seasons while oilfield activity remains robust. This will likely tighten supply and provide upward pressure to prices.
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Hydrochloric Acid Methodology
About Hydrochloric acid
Hydrochloric acid can be manufactured by direct synthesis where hydrogen and chlorine are reacted in a burner to produce hydrogen chloride. However, much hydrochloric acid is produced as a by-product of other processes such as vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), chlorinated methanes and ethanes, and fluorocarbons.
Applications for hydrochloric acid include steel manufacture where is used as a pickling agent, food manufacture in the canning process, and brick cleaning and concrete etching. It is also used in pulp and paper, chemical and water treatment, the electronics industry and pharmaceuticals. Domestic uses include many household cleaning products.
Hydrochloric acid presents a number of hazards as it is corrosive and can cause serious burns to skin and eyes. Personal protective equipment should always be worn when handling hydrochloric acid.