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Updated to Q3 2017
Supply of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) was stable in July and August, but much tighter in September due to various turnarounds in Taiwan and Japan. Several producers in Taiwan and Japan were undergoing scheduled maintenance in September, limiting spot supplies. In China, integrated ethylene-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producers were running at lower rates than normal, due to environmental reasons. As a result, overall supply is tight.
Demand in Q3 was stable overall. Demand for vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is closely linked to that of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVC demand in the past quarter was stable throughout Asia, leading to stable demand for VCM. There were no major turnarounds at PVC manufacturers in Q3.
Updated to Q4 2017
European vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production was structurally reduced in Q4 2017 as a result of the closure of upstream chlorine capacity based on mercury cell production. However, the deficit in supply has been filled by a combination of imported ethylene dichloride (EDC) and the use of existing capacity. As a result, there has been no noticeable tightness in the downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market.
Demand for downstream PVC saw a typical seasonal decrease in Q4 as a result of holidays in H2 December and the colder weather reducing consumption in downstream industries such as construction. As a result, overall usage of VCM was lower, although because the majority of capacity is integrated into PVC production systems the market is not sensitive to short-term fluctuations in supply and demand.
Updated to Q4 2017
US supply of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) remained in balance with production of derivative polyvinyl chloride for most of the quarter. Almost all US VCM goes to internal use for PVC production by back-integrated producers. But some is sold into export markets on a contract basis.
Demand for US VCM declined through the quarter, along with the seasonal decline in demand for derivative PVC.
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