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Chloromethane price index

This post is a summary of the Chloromethane price developments. The price developments of Chloromethane are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Chloromethane price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for Chloromethane prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Chloromethane prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of Chloromethane
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of Chloromethane prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Chloromethane market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions


Further information on the Chloromethane price index


What is Chloromethane

Chloromethane, also known as methyl chloride, is a colorless, flammable gas with a sweet, ether-like odor. It is used as a solvent and as a refrigerant in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Chloromethane is also used in the production of a variety of chemicals, including silicone polymers, pharmaceuticals, and dyes.

Chloromethane is highly toxic and can be harmful if inhaled. It can cause dizziness, headaches, and unconsciousness at high concentrations, and long-term exposure can damage the liver and kidneys. Chloromethane is classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is regulated under the Clean Air Act.


How is Chloromethane produced

There are several ways to produce chloromethane, including:

From methanol

Chloromethane can be produced by reacting methanol with hydrochloric acid or by passing methanol vapor over a bed of hot, dehydrated zinc chloride.

From methane

Chloromethane can be produced by reacting methane with chlorine gas. This reaction is typically carried out at high temperatures and pressures, using a catalyst such as aluminum chloride.

From carbon monoxide and hydrogen

Chloromethane can also be produced by reacting carbon monoxide and hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst, such as nickel or palladium. This process, called the “Fischer-Tropsch process,” is used to produce a variety of chemicals, including chloromethane.

From chlorinated hydrocarbons

Chloromethane can be produced by reacting chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as chloroform, with hydrogen gas in the presence of a catalyst.

Regardless of the method used to produce chloromethane, the resulting product is typically purified to remove impurities before it is used in a specific application.


What is Chloromethane used for

Chloromethane has a number of uses, including:


Chloromethane is used as a refrigerant in some refrigeration and air conditioning systems.


Chloromethane is a solvent for many organic compounds, and it is used in the production of some pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

Chemical intermediate

Chloromethane is used as a starting material in the production of other chemicals, including methylene di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI), which is used to make polyurethane foam.

Aerosol propellant

Chloromethane is used as a propellant in some aerosol products, such as hairspray and insect spray.


How big is the Chloromethane market

It is difficult to determine the size of the chloromethane market, as data on the production and consumption of this chemical is not widely available. Chloromethane is a specialty chemical, and it is not produced or consumed in large quantities compared to some other chemicals.

In the United States, the production of chloromethane was estimated to be around 20 million pounds per year in the early 2000s, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it is worth noting that this figure may not be representative of the global market for chloromethane.

Chloromethane is used in a number of different industries, including the refrigeration and air conditioning, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. It is also used as a solvent and as a starting material in the production of other chemicals. The demand for chloromethane may fluctuate depending on economic and market conditions in these industries.

According to :

Chloromethane and chloroethane are the world’s 4036th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Chloromethane and chloroethane were Germany ($65.4M), China ($9.15M), United States ($6.58M), Netherlands ($5.97M), and France ($3.37M).

In 2020, the top importers of Chloromethane and chloroethane were United Kingdom ($16.6M), France ($16.2M), Belgium ($10.2M), Italy ($9.44M), and Sweden ($8.67M).


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