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 2021
The global supply outage of ECH in H1 2021 has contributed to the decrease of supply in Asia, as many suppliers were taking the arbitrage opportunity for better netbacks by selling cargoes outside the region. The turnarounds of ECH plants in Japan has also contributed to the temporary shortage of ECH in northeast Asia. The supply of ECH turned tight overall in Asia during early Q2, and gradually recovered by the end of June.
ECH demand in Asia was mixed in Q2. During early Q2, soaring ECH prices due to global supply outage encouraged buyers to secure forward cargoes by paying premiums. However, demand was curbed as end-users’ margins were continuously squeezed by the high raw material prices. Buyers turned passive, especially after the Chinese government highlighted the importance of regulating commodities’ prices in Q2. The worsening pandemic in southeast Asia and south China pushed buyers to the sidelines.
ECH supply tightened further in Q2, due to INOVYN’s force majeure and local output impacts for INOVYN and Hexion. Downstream demand strength, along with delayed imports, also strained supply.
The ECH order intake remained strong in Q2 amid continued robust epoxy and non-epoxy segments. Import delays and output disruptions for certain players also boosted demand for others.
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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.