The ICIS global vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) report is published weekly and covers Asia, Europe and the US. All three regions have price assessments for the spot markets within the report and there is valuable news and analysis within the commentary.
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Vinyl chloride monomer: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
ICIS expects European vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) demand and liquidity to increase in the second quarter due to stronger seasonal demand from the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market. In addition, some planned maintenance shutdowns are due to take place. The market is not likely to see a large number of deals because of the structural quietness of VCM in Europe.
The Asian VCM spot price is likely to be softer in the second quarter as it is strongly linked to downstream PVC prices. PVC demand is less than expected in the region due to lukewarm Chinese demand and lower-than-expected Indian sales. PVC prices in Asia are expected to be lower during the quarter, which will also mean softer VCM spot prices.
The US VCM market remains very quiet with no spot activity taking place during 2016. US contract volumes continue to ship to Mexico and Colombia in opaque transactions. Prices will continue to shadow values for derivative PVC.
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Vinyl Chloride Monomer Methodology
About Vinyl chloride monomer
Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is a colourless gas with a characteristic mild, sweet odour. A toxic and hazardous material, vinyl chloride has been classified as a group A, human carcinogen.
VCM is used almost exclusively in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacture. PVC itself is highly dependent on the construction market, which reflects the ups and downs of the world economies.
With the exception of China, nearly all production is now based on ethylene, which is first reacted with chlorine to make ethylene dichloride (EDC). The EDC is then converted to VCM by thermal cracking. In China, the dominant process to make VCM is based on acetylene produced from calcium carbide which is manufactured from coal and limestone.