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 Q4 2019
Although supply remained structurally tight in China, with two major domestic outages still in force during the quarter, a new plant started up in the country within the quarter, which helped to plug some of the supply gaps.
Demand remained lukewarm for much of Q4, with epoxy resins makers in Asia generally unmotivated to procure more and build stocks, given slower-than-usual off-take from traditional downstream industries like automobiles. End-users bought only on a hand-to-mouth basis, and spot trade liquidity was low.
Views regarding European epichlorohydrin (ECH) supply were mixed during the fourth quarter. On one hand, some plant turnarounds and a French rail strike reduced supply and logistical flexibility during the period. On the other, slower demand at year end and the fact that the turnarounds were planned helped to mitigate these effects.
European ECH activity slowed during the fourth quarter because the main downstream coatings season entered its low season. A shorter working month and downstream turnarounds in December also limited 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.
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