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Calcium Carbide
CaC2
Technical grade (min. 75% purity); lumps; powder (min. 99% purity)
Calcium carbide is the most relevant carbide industrially because of its important role as the basis of acetylene industry. In locations where there is shortage of petroleum, Calcium Carbide is used as the starting material for the production of acetylene, which, in turn, can be used as a building block for a range of organic chemicals (e.g. vinyl acetate, acetaldehyde and acetic acid). In some locations, acetylene is also used to produce vinyl chloride, the raw material for the production of PVC. A less important use of Calcium Carbide is related to the fertilizers industry. It reacts with nitrogen to form calcium cyanamide, which is the starting material for the production of cyanamide (CH2N2). Cyanamide is a common agricultural product used to stimulate early foliation. Calcium Carbide can also be employed as desulfurizing agent for producing low-sulfur carbon steel; extender for paints; welding and cutting metals; reducing agent.
Calcium Carbide is used as raw material in the production of acetylene and calcium cyanamide.
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  • Calcium oxide + metallurgical/petroleum coke (electrothermal reduction).
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Calcium Carbide (a.k.a. CaC2, Calcium Acetylide) is a colorless (in its pure form) and odorless inorganic compound. Commercial Calcium Carbide, however, may present a relatively wide range of colors depending on the impurities present (usually calcium, magnesium and other oxides).
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Intratec provides Calcium Carbide prices in several countries, as follows:
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Calcium Carbide Prices

Current Prices and Historical Series in Several Countries

Intratec provides Calcium Carbide latest prices and 12 years of historical series. Subscribers to the Inorganic Chemicals Prices have access to 40 commodities prices across several countries from main world regions.

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Chart Description. Intratec provides Calcium Carbide prices in several countries, as follows:

  • United States: export price, FOB, encompassing all commercial grades
  • Germany: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (Note 1)
  • China: spot price, ex-works, encompassing all commercial grades (Note 1)
  • India: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (Note 1)
  • Saudi Arabia: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (Note 1)
  • Brazil: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (Note 1)
  • South Africa: export price, FOB, encompassing all commercial grades (Note 1)

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About Calcium Carbide. Calcium Carbide (a.k.a. CaC2, Calcium Acetylide) is a colorless (in its pure form) and odorless inorganic compound. Commercial Calcium Carbide, however, may present a relatively wide range of colors depending on the impurities present (usually calcium, magnesium and other oxides).

Chemical Formula. CaC2

Commercial Grades. Technical grade (min. 75% purity); lumps; powder (min. 99% purity)

Uses. Calcium carbide is the most relevant carbide industrially because of its important role as the basis of acetylene industry. In locations where there is shortage of petroleum, Calcium Carbide is used as the starting material for the production of acetylene, which, in turn, can be used as a building block for a range of organic chemicals (e.g. vinyl acetate, acetaldehyde and acetic acid). In some locations, acetylene is also used to produce vinyl chloride, the raw material for the production of PVC. A less important use of Calcium Carbide is related to the fertilizers industry. It reacts with nitrogen to form calcium cyanamide, which is the starting material for the production of cyanamide (CH2N2). Cyanamide is a common agricultural product used to stimulate early foliation. Calcium Carbide can also be employed as desulfurizing agent for producing low-sulfur carbon steel; extender for paints; welding and cutting metals; reducing agent.

Raw Materials & Production Processes.

  • Calcium oxide + metallurgical/petroleum coke (electrothermal reduction).

To know more about Calcium Carbide production processes, click here.

Derivatives. Calcium Carbide is used as raw material in the production of acetylene and calcium cyanamide.

Methodology. The pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Methodology.

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