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Clear colourless liquid


Chloroform like, irritating odour

Chemical formula




Used in the production of epoxy resins, wet-strength resins for the paper industry, water treatment resins and elastomers.

Important application sector - Epoxy resin

Process outline

Propylene is the principal raw material and it is reacted with chlorine for the production of epichlorohydrin.

Global Scenario

Global installed capacity (Period 2009)

Around 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum

Global demand (Period 2009)

1.2 million metric tonnes per annum

Growth rate in demand by through 2011

2% to 3% per year

US accounts for about half of the total epichlorohydrin produced worldwide.

Western Europe comes second with a production share of about a third.

Japan comes third with production share of a fifth of the global production.

Major global producers

Major global producers include the following :

  • Dow Chemical
  • Resolution
  • Daiso
  • Nan Ya
  • Shandong Haili Chemical
  • Asahi Glass
  • Solvay