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Methylene chloride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Asia prices should continue to closely track Chinese export offers, which are in turn dependent on the domestic prices and supply situation. Most northeast Asian producers were expected to offer their products at a premium to Chinese materials, and to offer to the region with the highest netbacks and prices.
Demand is expected to see a slight increase once the monsoon season is over in India. Otherwise, market participants do not identify any factors in the next quarter that would significantly affect demand in southeast Asia.
Supply constraints from June are expected to continue in July as some producers still have supply limitations. With healthy demand expected in July also, supply constraints are unlikely to ease until August at the earliest. During August demand is expected to dip, as traditionally occurs during the summer, particularly in the Mediterranean.
Healthy demand is expected to continue in July, as the market has not yet recovered from the supply constraints of the second quarter. However, a traditional summer lull is expected to take place during August while players enjoy summer holidays. Demand in the Mediterranean is expected to be especially low during this period.
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Methylene Chloride Methodology
About Methylene chloride
Methylene chloride, also known as dichloromethane, is a chlorinated hydrocarbon produced by the chlorination of chloromethane. Further chlorination of the mixture of chlorinated methanes results in chloroform and carbon tetrachloride being produced.
Methylene chloride’s ability to dissolve a wide range of organic compounds makes it a useful solvent for many chemical processes. It is also used as a paint stripper and metal cleaning and finishing. Other applications include aerosol propellants, foam blowing, extraction medium in food processes, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
While methylene dichloride is the least toxic of the simple chlorohydrocarbons, it has health risks due to its volatility. It is also considered to be a potential occupational carcinogen. As a result, alternatives have been sought in many applications.