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 Q4 2018
European EDC supply is expected to remain stable or rise in the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter. There is a major plant INOYN plant expected to start up in Sweden, but it is not clear on whether this is expected to occur in Q4 2018. KEM ONE’s chloralkali capacity in France is also expected to return to normal run rates in quarter four.
European EDC demand is expected to fall for seasonal reasons in the fourth quarter as a result of lower business activity in December and late November. The downstream polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market is also expected to slow down in Autumn and winter due to the colder weather, which will lead to lower potential demand.
Supply of US EDC is expected to rise during the fourth quarter with two plant maintenances for PVC expected to leave some EDC adrift and available for export sales.
Demand for EDC will tail off as summer weather ends and peak construction season comes to an end, likely sometime in November.
Updated to Q3 2018
Due to falling spot prices of liquid caustic soda, chlor-alkali producers in northeast Asia are considering to lower production rates of caustic soda and co-product chlorine, which is a feedstock for EDC. This could affect regional spot supply of EDC. Deep-sea import cargoes from the USA are also limited until August/September.
There is uncertainty if demand for solvent end-use in China will be sustained. Due to tight spot availability of EDC, integrated vinyl producers might procure ethylene feedstock or obtain spot VCM shipments.
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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.