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Polyvinyl chloride: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
Market players are bullish on European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for the second quarter due to strong economic data from northwest Europe, with PMI growth hitting a 70-month high in February. The German construction industry is also strong with a 23% uptick in house building permits in 2016. The UK outlook is more uncertain, but sources continue to see healthy downstream demand.
The PVC spot price in Asia is expected to be softer in the second quarter on the back of lukewarm demand in markets such as China and India. Chinese demand is weak as end-users adopt a wait-and-see approach while Indian demand is less than expected as buyers are reluctant to accept current prices from major northeast Asian exporters.
The US PVC market is expected to see higher prices for the second quarter after monthly contract price increases in February and March. February contracts rose 4 cents/lb ($88/tonne) and March contracts moved up 2 cents/lb ($66/tonne). Separate April proposals for another 3 cents/lb is not given good odds for acceptance in the market.
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Polyvinyl Chloride Methodology
About Polyvinyl chloride
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) occurs as white, amorphous, odourless powder. It is soluble in nitrobenzene, cyclohexanone, and tetrahydrofuran but insoluble in vinyl chloride. It is resistant to dilute alkalis and acids but is attacked by concentrated nitric and chromic acids.
Two types of PVC homopolymer are produced: rigid resins which are inflexible and hard; and flexible resins which contain a large proportion of plasticiser to make them soft and can be stretched. Products made from rigid PVC include pipe and conduit and roofing tiles.
Flexible PVC finds outlets in wire and cable coating, flooring, coated fabrics and shower curtains. Other outlets for flexible PVC are film and sheet and flooring.
Polymerisation is normally performed at 40-70oC with the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) in a liquid state under pressure in a batch reactor. Suspension polymerisation is the most common PVC process because the resins produced are the most versatile and suitable for a wide range of applications.
The resin produced from the polymerisation process is hard and brittle and requires conversion into a compound by the incorporation of additives such as plasticisers, modifiers, stabilisers and processing aids before conversion into finished products.
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