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 2019
Domestic supplies in China were already tight since the beginning of the year, with more than 30% of the country’s capacity shut due to environmental reasons. This situation persisted in Q3, and was exacerbated by some production disruptions outside of China, both in the form of planned maintenance, and unplanned minor repair work.
ECH demand continued to weaken throughout the quarter, as off-take from the key downstream epoxy resins sector slid amid a progressive downturn in regional economies. Epoxy resins makers were cautious and kept down production, thus reducing intake of feedstock ECH.
The European epichlorohydrin (ECH) market was finely balanced to snug in July, following a busy cracker and turnaround slate in the second quarter. Supply did relax somewhat in August during the summer lull. In September, the market was balanced to finely balanced, which was associated with a few autumn turnarounds.
Consumption was reasonable to subdued. Turnaround provisions and structurally-limited imports weighed against lacklustre downstream epoxy resins demand.
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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.