Ethylene Dichloride Price Trend

For the First Quarter of 2022

Asia

Due to a declining feedstock ethylene and chlorine market in India, ethylene dichloride prices (EDC) decreased as compared to the previous quarter. However, thanks to a robust downstream market, market sentiments improved in March, and prices climbed. Feedstock ethylene prices rose sharply in response to increased product demand and limited product availability in the region. Furthermore, demand for EDC in the region increased as a result of price increases. The Asian market saw an increase in upstream crude oil prices as tensions between Ukraine and Russia grew. The price of the chemical in India was 788 USD/MT CFR Mundra at the end of the quarter.

Europe

With escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, ethylene dichloride prices soared in the European market. Spot prices had risen, and large plant turnarounds kept prices on the high end. With strong market emotions and limited product supply, feedstock ethylene and chloride prices also rose. Ethylene dichloride prices rose due to a lack of product availability in the local market. However, logistical issues and rising shipping costs made exporting the goods to the Netherlands and Spain difficult. In Germany, the price of the chemical was 1052 USD/MT FD Hamburg at the beginning of the quarter. In terms of stocks, they were on the low end, with profit margins compressed, impacting downstream derivative market sales and revenue.

North America

Ethylene dichloride prices rose at the start of the quarter, but the slope decreased at the end of the quarter due to a depressed feedstock ethylene and chlorine market. Exports to Asia and Africa were also limited as a result of product oversupply and hoarding in these countries, lowering ehtylene dichloride prices. However, at the conclusion of the quarter, ethylene dichloride prices began to rise owing to substantial turnarounds that altered the pricing trend. The price of the chemical in the United States was 925 USD/MT FOB USGC at the beginning of the first quarter.

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021

Asia

Chemical water treatment and the PVC market saw increased demand in the Asia Pacific region in Q4 compared to Q2 and Q3. RIL said in October that it will build a chemical manufacturing complex in Abu Dhabi that would produce 940,000 MTPA Chlor-Alkali, 1.1 MMTPA Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), and 360,000 MTPA Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). Ethylene dichloride prices fell by 9.80 percent in December compared to the previous two months, to 945 USD/MT Ex-Chennai, from 1047 USD/MT Ex-Chennai in October. In November, upstream ethylene and chlorine both traded lower than in other producing areas due to declining oil futures and a pressured pricing environment in Asia. Low PVC demand and enough stockpiles with local dealers depressed market sentiments.

Europe

In Q4, the European EDC market remained strong, with demand increasing month by month and compared to previous quarters. Although demand remained strong, supply was constrained. In response to rising gas and energy prices, major chlor alkali producers imposed a premium on their goods. Due to restricted supply and greater production costs, manufacturers of the feedstocks ethylene and benzene switched away from negotiation and instead hiked pricing. Despite the increase in effective capacity in this quarter, downstream PVC continued to develop gradually, and the market balance remained stable.

North America

In comparison to Q2 and Q3, prices in Q4 were high with robust demand, indicating that the downstream market was recovering. Ethylene dichloride prices reached their peak on November 26 in Germany, where they were hovering about 928 USD/MT-991 USD/MT FOB USGC. Several variables influence EDC demand in the US market, including supply demand fundamentals and manufacturing costs. Prices were also boosted by a strong downstream PVC market. Hurricane Ida, which impacted much of the chlor alkali manufacturing on the US Gulf coast, also pushed up the feedstock costs. The imminent expansion of PVC capacity in the United States increased domestic demand while simultaneously providing an opportunity in a tight export market.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021

Asia

The Asian market had reasonable demand for Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), but supply varied from nation to nation, causing prices to fluctuate as well. Prices in the Chinese market fluctuated dramatically over the week, with FOB offers averaging around 780 USD/MT in mid-February. While prices in the Indian market continued to rise as demand from the local market remained strong, a drop in raw material imports from the United States and Europe resulted in a product scarcity. Since January, the price of EDC has increased by 44.6 percent, settling at 735.7 USD/MT in March.

In Q3 2021, the Asian market for the chemical saw an exponential rise, fueled by rising feedstock prices. In this quarter, strong demand combined with restricted supplies of ethylene dichloride pushed up prices across the area. Costs of EDC rose in India this quarter, owing to rising feedstock ethylene prices and increased demand from downstream Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) producers. Furthermore, traders stated that some EDC plants in the region were offline owing to seasonal maintenance, resulting in a spike in its prices. As a result, Ex-Kandla prices increased from 719.66 USD/MT to 904.64 USD/MT from July to September.

Europe

During the first quarter, Europe saw a considerable scarcity of the feedstock ethylene, which was in high demand from other industries such as polyethylene. Due to unusual meteorological circumstances, imports from the United States were curtailed, affecting the supply of raw materials (such as ethylene) and EDC in the region. As a result of these reasons, the price of EDC had risen dramatically across the area. Furthermore, owing to force majeure at a large manufacturing plant with a capacity of 890 KTPA of EDC, imports from the Middle East were blocked. In Europe, ethylene dichloride prices increased somewhat in Q3, owing to higher upstream ethylene costs and reduced imports from the United States. The downstream VCM and PVC segment's demand for EDC remained low, owing to numerous manufacturers' reductions in production rates due to the region's energy crisis in this quarter. Furthermore, an extravagant increase in transportation expenses and a significant lack of containers added to EDC's pricing trend jump. In September, FD-Hamburg prices ended at 745 USD/MT, up 40 USD/MT from July.

North America

Stable demand in the face of a severe scarcity caused ethylene dichloride prices to rise across the area this quarter. A winter storm along the Gulf Coast of the United States halted the output of many EDC manufacturing plants, resulting in a raw material scarcity for downstream chemicals such as VCM and PVC. Several factories, including OxyChem's EDC capacity of 680 KTPA and Olin Corp.'s EDC capacity of 748 KTPA, were idled during this period owing to the climate disaster. As a result, prices increased by more than 30% and stabilised at 550 USD/MT by the end of March.

The market in North America saw an increased pricing trend in Q3 2021. The rise in prices was aided by its limited supply in the face of strong demand from the downstream Vinyl Chloride and other segments. During this time period, price volatility in upstream ethylene caused waves across the EDC market. Because of the advent of Hurricane Ida, which imbalanced the demand and supply of EDC throughout the era, the industrial infrastructure on the US Gulf coast remained offline. As a result of the Ida hurricane, Westside Chemical announced force majeure on its two PVC manufacturing plants in Louisiana.

For the Year 2020

Asia

PVC prices in Asia increased owing to tighter supply caused by storm and hurricane-related manufacturing interruptions across the United States. Due of high demand, Asian PVC makers were required to keep more EDC on hand for captive usage. As a result, supply in Asia remained tight, with offers often rising over 230 USD/MT CFR Southeast Asia. In Q3, buyers, mainly from Southeast Asia, saw a considerable recovery as coronavirus-related restrictions were fully lifted, and downstream PVC demand from building and manufacturing activities was seen recovering strength.

Europe

The demand for European Ethylene Dichloride increased as downstream PVC manufacturers increased their usage on the basis of rising building demand, which had fallen sharply in Q2 due to the battered economics. A substantial rise in regional prices was prompted by a lack of export quantities while inflows from the US remained practically nonexistent. Traders kept margins low since demand hadn’t yet reached pre-pandemic levels, despite worries of a second wave sparking new lockdowns in some states. FOB NWE EDC prices were estimated to be about 350 USD/MT, extending considerable improvements seen on a quarter-over-quarter basis.

North America

Throughout Q3 2020, the American EDC market remained very active, with regional manufacturers reporting a dramatic increase in buying behaviour in response to pent-up PVC demand, particularly from Asian markets. Hurricane Laura caused power disruptions in Lake Charles, delaying the start of many chlor-alkali facilities, producing a shortage of both local and export supply. Olin, the world's largest manufacturer of chlor-alkali, was heard intermittently pausing chlor-alkali units to control costs and stocks. In August, Formosa Plastics USA announced force majeure on its PVC production plant when an upstream chlor-alkali mill remained closed for longer than expected, threatening an EDC supply shortage. After an unprecedented 70 percent drop in Q2 2020, ethylene dichloride prices soared off the ground.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Ethylene Dichloride for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Ethylene Dichloride:

The chlorinated hydrocarbon 1,2-dichloroethane, often known as ethylene dichloride, is a colourless liquid that smells like chloroform. Vinyl chloride, which is used to create polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, furniture and automotive upholstery, wall coverings, kitchenware, and automobile parts, is the most prevalent usage of this chemical. Ethylene dichloride is also commonly employed as a solvent and as an intermediary for other organic chemical compounds. Many other solvents, including water and other chlorocarbons, create azeotropes with it.

Chemical Formula:

  • C2H4Cl2

Molecular Weight:

  • 98.96g/mol

Synonyms:

  • 1,2-dichloroethane
  • Ethylene chloride
  • Ethane, 1,2-dichloro-

Industrial Uses:

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Packaging
  • Furniture
  • Medical Rubber & Plastic
  • Oil & Gas

Production Process:

  • Ethylene Dichloride Production from Balanced Process

The balanced process of oxychlorination and direct chlorination produces ethylene dichloride. Ethylene is concurrently reacted with chlorine and hydrogen chlorine in this method.

Supplier database:

  • Westlake
  • Formosa Plastics
  • Occidental Chemical
  • LG Chem
  • Horizon Chemical Industry
  • Punjab Chemicals & Crop Protection
  • PPG Industries
  • Olin

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