Molécula de EDC

Dichloroethane (EDC)

Dichloroethane is the product that starts the PVC chain

EDC sheet (in Spanish)

What is it used for?

The chemical compound 1,2-dichloroethane (DCA) - commonly known by its former name ethylene dichloride (EDC) - is obtained from ethylene by cracking petroleum combined with chlorine.

EDC is used to produce vinyl chloride monomer (VCM, or chloroethane), which in turn - through a polymerisation process - is used to make polyvinyl chloride or PVC.

It can also be used as an intermediate in chlorinated solvents, in paint, varnish and finish removers, as a metal degreaser and as an intermediate in organic synthesis.

Ercros produces DC from the chlorine manufactured at its Vila-seca I plant. Depending on the demand for chlorine in the rest of the company's production, the need for EDC is met by purchasing external products.

Night view of the PVC plant at the Vila-seca II factory
EDC is the product that starts the PVC chain

Did you know that...

EDC was first produced in 1794 from chlorine and ethylene by a group of four Dutch friends, hence it was first known as Dutch oil.

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Bernat Iserte Gigliotti
Bernat Iserte Gigliotti
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