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.
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Updated to Q1 2019
In January, epichlorohydrin (ECH) prices in domestic China spiked higher, mainly as a result of a sustained constraint to domestic supplies. However, the price for US dollar-denominated imports held steady amid muted but range-bound discussions. Supply was mixed with ample supply outside of China but degrees of tightness in domestic China. Late in the quarter, a couple of turnarounds curtained the availability of spot cargoes.
In general, ECH prices climbed steadily in January and February, but saw a pullback in March. This trend may have been due to buyers engaging in restocking activity ahead of the anticipated peak season for downstream epoxy resins from March to May. As a result, some buyers overbought earlier in the quarter and therefore prices saw a correction as the end of the quarter approached.
The European epichlorohydrin (ECH) market saw a slow return following the winter break, but there was a continuous supply of material at the beginning of 2019. While imported volumes were available, they did not impact consumption of domestic material. There were no production issues of note that affected the European market. Key feedstock propylene and alternative raw material glycerine remained available, meaning that production could carry on unhindered throughout the first quarter.
Demand was slow in January as typically ECH demand depends on activity in the downstream epoxy resins market, which is affected by seasonality. Despite any initial sluggishness, buyers accepted price movements in line with primary raw material propylene, which resulted in stable-to-strong settlements throughout the first quarter. There was some initial pushback from non-integrated epoxy resins producers, but demand has started to gain momentum from mid-March as downstream industries approach peak season.
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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.