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Methylene chloride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
Tightness in the European methylene chloride market is likely to continue in the third quarter. At the end of the second quarter, AkzoNobel’s force majeure was in place, and this, along with other outages in the region pushed prices to €550-630/tonne FD. Demand is strong in northwest Europe and this is expected to continue for the first half of the third quarter, at the very least. As a result, prices may remain at a higher level for some time. The Mediterranean market looks more stable, with healthy supply and demand.
With the exception of China, most northeast Asian producers are expected to keep prices around current levels due to stable demand, cost pressures from feedstock methanol and competitive Chinese products. Offers for some Chinese material are expected to remain firm during the early part of the quarter until a major producer is able to resume operations. Demand in southeast Asia should remain unchanged. In India, demand is expected to be extremely weak at the start of the quarter due to the implementation of the Goods and Services tax.
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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.