Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
PVC prices in the Asian market rose amid tightened supply due to production outages across the US battered by a series of storms and hurricanes. Buoyant demand forced Asian PVC producers to keep more volumes of EDC for captive use. As a result, EDC supply within Asia remained tightened with offers largely raised above USD 230 per tonne CFR Southeast Asia. Buyers, particularly from Southeast Asia, saw a significant recovery in Q3 as coronavirus-related restrictions were largely eased and downstream PVC demand from construction and manufacturing activity was seen regaining the lost momentum.
The European Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) demand rose as the consumption by the downstream PVC manufacturers rose on the back of rebounding construction demand which had tumbled significantly in Q2 because of the dented economics. Lack of export volumes as inflows from the US remained largely nil triggered a sharp surge in the regional pricing. Traders maintained the margins low as the demand is yet to reach the pre-pandemic levels amid fears of second wave triggering fresh lockdowns in several states. FOB NWE EDC prices were assessed around USD 350 per MT levels, extending significant gains observed on Q-o-Q basis.  
North America

The American EDC market remained highly dynamic throughout Q3 2020 with regional producers observing a sharp pick-up in the buying behavior in response to the pent-up PVC demand, especially from the Asian markets. Power outages due to Hurricane Laura delayed start-ups of several Chlor-Alkali units in Lake Charles causing tightening in both domestic and export supply. Olin, the world's largest Chlor-Alkali producer, was heard temporarily idling Chlor-Alkali plants to manage costs and inventories. Formosa Plastics USA declared force majeure on its PVC manufacturing unit in August after an upstream chlor-alkali unit remained shut for longer than planned, causing potential shortage of EDC stocks. EDC Prices took off from the ground levels after witnessing a historic plunge (about 70%) during Q2 2020. 

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Finally, region-specific markets for Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), chemically known as 1,2-dichloroethane, is a colorless liquid with a pleasant chloroform-like odor. Ethylene dichloride is produced through the catalytic reaction of ethene (ethylene) and chlorine via one of two processes: direct chlorination using pure Chlorine and Ethylene; or oxychlorination in which Ethylene reacts with Chlorine in hydrogen chloride medium. More than 90% of ethylene dichloride produced globally, is used in the manufacture of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), which is the key feedstock used in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production. PVC is commonly used in pipes, fittings, tubes, window frames, doors, wire, cable, film, sheet, and flooring. The major vinyl-chain downstream industries include construction, automotive, agriculture, electrical products, and healthcare. Thus, EDC supply-demand balance is strongly influenced by the downstream PVC industry. The remaining EDC goes into the manufacture of chlorinated solvents and ethylene amines which are widely used in textile, metal cleaning and adhesives industries. United States is the largest producer of EDC in the world, accounting for approximately 30% of the global capacity and production as of 2019.