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 2019
Epichlorohydrin (ECH) supply fluctuated considerably during the quarter, alternating between tight and plentiful at certain points, particularly in China. There were a couple of turnarounds in the quarter in northeast Asia which restricted supply. Major ECH producer Haili’s plant in Shandong remains shut and its plant in Jiangsu was also shut following an explosion that occurred at the Tianjiayi Chemical Production site in Yancheng.
ECH demand in the first half of Q2 started healthily but saw a reversal in the second half as demand for downstream epoxy resins was poor. In the second half, buyers started to exercise more caution with regards to imports due to heightened volatility in the domestic Chinese market. As a result, trade was thin and buying interest limited at best.
European epichlorohydrin (ECH) supply was steady in April, as there was limited seasonal pick-up in activity at the beginning of the second quarter. However, the market became finely balanced to snug, as the quarter progressed, amid a series of plant turnarounds, a few delayed restarts and other production issues. Supply constraints were moderated by muted downstream demand.
Demand for ECH held stable at the beginning of the second quarter despite split sentiment in the downstream epoxy resins market. Any seasonal pick-up in demand during the second quarter was diluted by the fragile economic climate. However, muted seasonal activity was weighed against a series of supply/output constraints during the second quarter.
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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.