The weekly Ethylene dichloride report is a global report encompassing updates from Asia, Europe and the US.
Each region provides news and market intelligence on upstream developments, production, demand and any other influencing factors. All areas focus on spot prices with quotes published for NWE, USG and NE Asia. The data and commentary provides you with a reliable source of independent information essential for making business decisions within this area of the industry.
Updated to Q1 2019
The European ethylene dichloride (EDC) market is expected to remain stable in terms of supply in the first quarter with no fundamental change anticipated for the market in early 2019. There are no major production expansions or closures announced for 2019 with import availability also expected to remain mostly stable.
European EDC demand is expected to rise month on month in the first quarter as players return to the market following the holiday season and downstream demand increases. Buyers reduced their stock position for the end of the year in 2018 and demand is expected to rise in early 2019 as a result of re-stocking.
Supply of US merchant EDC is likely to remain fairly steady, at its current rather tight scenario, through the first quarter as US producers of PVC ramp up production ahead of construction season and use most of EDC production internally to produce PVC.
Demand for EDC will rise through the first quarter for US material in Asia, Europe and Brazil as peak production season for derivative PVC arrives ahead of the summer construction season.
The overall market is likely to remain tight going into the first quarter of 2019. While the major chlor-alkali producer in northeast Asia is starting to return to full production, spot volumes from it may only be available in March. Upcoming turnarounds at Middle Eastern EDC plants in March 2019 may also reduce spot volumes to Asia further.
Demand for key derivative polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is expected to improve in January and this is likely to lend support for EDC. In India, the early part of the year is traditionally the peak season for agricultural PVC pipe laying. As the south Asian country is a major import destination for northeast Asian PVC producers, more demand for feedstock EDC is expected as a result.
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Ethylene dichloride (EDC) is a clear, colourless, oily liquid with a sweet, pleasant chloroform-like odour. It is highly volatile, toxic, flammable and miscible with chlorinated hydrocarbons and most organic solvents. It reacts violently with aluminium, alkali metals, alkali amides, ammonia, bases, strong oxidants and attacks many metals in presence of water.
Around 95% of EDC is used in the production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), nearly all of which goes into polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Other outlets for EDC are chlorinated solvents such as ethyleneamines, trichloroethylene, vinylidene chloride and trichloroethane. It is used as an intermediate in the production of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) and as a catalyst in hexachlorophene production.
EDC has been used as a solvent in the textile, metal cleaning and adhesives industries. Solvent markets tend to be mature due to environmental pressures to reduce emissions and declining in the case of perchloroethylene.
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