Epichlorohydrin is covered by ICIS in Asia and Europe on a weekly basis. In Asia, price assessments focus on spot activity, while in Europe it is a monthly contract price.
Both reports give commentary including news and analysis on the Epichlorohydrin markets, upstream and downstream markets, graph,s and any other factors driving prices. If you are a involved in epichlorohydrin, or related markets, this intelligence will help you be equipped with the most up-to-date information when making vital business choices.
Updated to Q2 2020
Supply remained tight throughout Q2. Outside of China, there was a slew of regional turnarounds, and cumulative capacity loss amounted to over 400,000 tonnes/year during the quarter. In China, even though a 13-month-long outage at a plant ended in May, output from this plant was still erratic due to teething technical issues.
Demand improved in China, as more downstream plants restarted after the country lifted coronavirus-linked lockdowns from April. Other regional states followed suit to ease restrictions from late May/June, which helped boost ECH offtake from a wider spectrum of downstream plants across the region.
ECH supply moved from finely balanced to more well-supplied during Q2. This is as the effects of technical issues and turnarounds dissipated. Coronavirus-dampened demand during Q2 also contributed to the easing in supply.
Europe ECH demand held up well in April, at the height of the lockdown period, supported by stockpiling and supply concerns. However, there was a delayed impact in May when demand fell as stocks built up downstream needed to be used up. In June, demand stabilised and showed signs of recovery as lockdowns eased.
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ECH is a colourless liquid with an irritating chloroform-like odour. Both chlorine and propylene are used to make ECH, which is used as a chemical intermediate together with bis-phenol A (BPA) in the manufacture of epoxy resins.
Epichlorohydrin (ECH) is a clear, colourless liquid with a sweet, pungent odour. The main production process is based on the chlorination of propylene to make allyl chloride as the intermediate step to ECH.
Around three-quarters of global ECH demand is used to make epoxy resins which offer corrosion resistance, solvent and chemical resistance, hardness and adhesion. They are used in the manufacture of adhesives, coatings and structural parts for the automotive, aerospace, electronics and construction industries. The electronics industry uses epoxy resins to encapsulate electronic components and protect them from damage.
Other uses for ECH include preparation of fibres in textile manufacture, improving the performance of paper products, and ion exchange resins.
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