Vinyl Chloride Prices
Chart Description. This chart presents Vinyl Chloride prices in several countries, as follows:
Chart Instructions. Hover the mouse over the series to view the respective Vinyl Chloride prices plotted. You can filter a given Vinyl Chloride price series by clicking on the respective legend label, right above the chart.
About Vinyl Chloride. Vinyl Chloride (a.k.a. VCM, Vinyl Chloride Monomer, Chloroethene) is an organic compound, in the organochloride class. In room temperature, VCM is an ethereal/sweet odor gas; however, in industry, it is most often handled as a liquid. It is a major chemical commodity, mainly used in the production of PVC (polymer polyvinyl chloride), and for this use alone, vinyl chloride is among the top twenty largest petrochemicals in world production.
Chemical Formula. C2H3Cl
Commercial Grades. Technical/pure grade (min. 99.9% purity); commercial grade (min. 98% purity)
Uses. Most of Vinyl Chloride monomer (VCM) is used in the production of PVC homopolymer and copolymers. PVC, in turn, is one of the main synthetic plastic polymers, widely used in a range of applications, including construction, consumer goods, packaging, electrical fittings and wire and cable coatings, among others. Nonpolymeric uses of Vinyl Chloride include the manufacture of vinylidene chloride, vinyl stearate and tri- and tetrachloroethylene (chlorinated solvents). In lesser extents, Vinyl Chloride is used in furniture and automobile upholstery, wall coverings, housewares, and automotive parts.
- Acetylene (hydrochlorination)
- Ethylene dichloride (dehydrochlorination)
To know more about Vinyl Chloride production processes, click here.
Derivatives. Vinyl Chloride is used as raw material in the production of the following derivates: poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC); acetate-vinyl chloride copolymers; vinyl chloride-vinyl acetate copolymers; vinylidene chloride copolymers; vinylidene chloride-vinyl chloride copolymers.
Methodology. The chemicals 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 Chemicals Pricing Data Methodology.
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