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 Q3 2020
Supply tightened within China, after a major domestic plant trimmed operating rate in August due to technical issues at related upstream units. Elsewhere in the region, production losses stemming from scheduled turnarounds and other unplanned closures also kept spot availabilities squeezed.
Demand was healthy in China, stemming from robust operations at downstream epoxy resins plants. Outside of China, off-take by regional epoxy resins plants was regular, but had limited upside potential due to lacklustre downstream buying.
The European ECH market was largely balanced in Q3 as limited turnarounds took place and demand gradually recovered from the Q2 coronavirus impact.
Following the Q2 coronavirus low, ECH demand improved during Q3, albeit gradually. Activity from the downstream epoxy resins sector recovered in stages. Water treatment demand into industry lifted slightly and local water treatment usage remained solid.
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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.