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Chlorinated paraffin price index

This post is a summary of the Chlorinated paraffin price developments since 2017.The price developments are expressed as a price index in US$ prices converted at current FX rates, which are the FX rates applicable at the time the price was valid. Chlorinated paraffin price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

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What are chlorinated paraffins

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are complex mixtures of polychlorinated n-alkanes. They are classified as intermediates, which means that they are used as raw materials in the production of other chemicals. CPs are typically produced by chlorinating paraffin or other hydrocarbons, which are compounds made up of hydrogen and carbon atoms.

CPs are classified based on their carbon chain length and the degree of chlorination. They can have carbon chain lengths ranging from C10 to C30 and can be chlorinated to varying degrees, with the percentage of chlorine ranging from approximately 40% to 70%.

CPs are used in a wide range of applications, including as flame retardants, plasticizers, and lubricants in the rubber, plastics, and coatings industries. They are also used as additives in metalworking fluids, in the production of leather and textiles, and as additives in adhesives and sealants. However, concerns have been raised about the potential health and environmental effects of CPs, and their use is regulated in some countries.

 

How are chlorinated paraffins produced

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are produced by chlorinating paraffin or other hydrocarbons, which are compounds made up of hydrogen and carbon atoms. The chlorination process involves the reaction of the hydrocarbon with chlorine gas or a chlorine-containing compound, such as hydrochloric acid or calcium hypochlorite.

There are several variations of the chlorination process that have been developed, and the specific details of the process can vary depending on the specific conditions and materials used. In general, the process involves heating the hydrocarbon and chlorine gas or chlorine-containing compound in a reactor vessel to a high temperature and pressure. The reaction typically produces a complex mixture of polychlorinated n-alkanes, which are then purified and fractionated to obtain the desired CPs.

It is important to note that the production of CPs involves the use of hazardous chemicals and should be carried out in a well-ventilated area with appropriate safety measures in place.

 

What are chlorinated paraffins used for 

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are complex mixtures of polychlorinated n-alkanes that are used in a wide range of applications. They are classified as intermediates, which means that they are used as raw materials in the production of other chemicals.

One of the main uses of CPs is as flame retardants in the plastics, rubber, and coatings industries. They are also used as plasticizers, which are chemicals that are added to plastics to increase their flexibility, durability, and longevity. In addition, CPs are used as lubricants in the rubber industry and as additives in metalworking fluids. They are also used in the production of leather and textiles, and as additives in adhesives and sealants.

CPs are classified based on their carbon chain length and the degree of chlorination. They can have carbon chain lengths ranging from C10 to C30 and can be chlorinated to varying degrees, with the percentage of chlorine ranging from approximately 40% to 70%. The specific properties and characteristics of CPs can vary depending on their carbon chain length and degree of chlorination.

However, concerns have been raised about the potential health and environmental effects of CPs, and their use is regulated in some countries. It is important to follow safety guidelines and regulations when using CPs, and to use caution when handling them.

 

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