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
Supply of spot cargoes in the domestic China market is expected to remain balanced. Likewise, supply of spot import cargoes into China is anticipated to remain tight as northeast Asian producers outside China continue diverting cargoes to markets such as the US, Europe and India amid better netback.
Demand for spot import cargoes is likely to remain subdued amid a persistent buy-sell gap. Buyers indicated that they will be relying on domestic cargoes to fulfil their immediate requirements. Producers outside China are also not keen to lower their offers to entice buyers in the key China market.
Q1 has started with balanced supply from domestic producers, and imports appear to remain available. Things are expected to remain this way for the majority of the quarter. There is concern that upstream tightening could cause prices to surge nearing the end of the quarter, but sentiment suggests output will remain consistent, if possibly more expensive.
The year has started with healthy demand, and there is talk of a possible rollover in January, despite propylene decreasing. Downstream the epoxy resins market is expected to pick up later in the quarter as conditions favour a pick up for the construction industry, and this could help to bolster ECH 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.