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Polyvinyl chloride: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
The US PVC market should see rising prices during the first quarter after steadily pushing up for the last nine months of 2016. Growing domestic demand may crimp US export totals until ethylene feedstock supply normalises in the US Gulf with new production capacity later in 2017.
European prices are likely to be stable-to-firm in the first quarter of 2017 due to rebounding demand following the holiday season and the firmer feedstock ethylene and crude oil markets. However, availability may remain constrained, considering that high netbacks for exports in December and January have contributed to the tight market in Europe.
Prices in Latin America were steady in December 2016, with no major surprises projected for January. Markets were quiet at year-end, as regional participants expected resin prices to roll over or to soften in January following the announced $50/tonne price drop in Asia for January shipments. Domestic prices in Latin America were likely to remain stable, or to respond to the January decline in Asia moderately at a lag.
Asian prices dipped for the January loading period but were stable-to-firm for the February-loading period. Market participants were bullish for the rest of the quarter and for the foreseeable future, as they felt demand in the key import markets of India and China would rebound after the demonetisation effects and Lunar New Year holiday respectively.
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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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