Chloromethanes are used as intermediates in the production of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, refrigerants, silicone polymers and fluoropolymers, and are important raw materials for the construction and automotive industries, water treatment, cookware and electronics.
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Carbon tetrachloride is only used as raw material for chemicals synthesis for fibres, refrigerants, agro-chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and as solvent for special industrial synthesis of chemicals and extraction purposes as well as in laboratory use.
Methyl Chloride is used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, mainly as raw material for the production of silicones and methyl celluloses, but also for surfactants, pharmaceuticals and dye stuffs. A small portion is used as low temperature solvent for the production of butyl rubbers.
Methylene Chloride is used as solvent for the synthesis of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, production of polycarbonates and cellulose triacetate (for films and fibres), metal degreasing (surface treatment) and paint removal, as extraction solvent in the food industry (removal of caffeine from unroasted coffee beans and tea) and as laboratory solvent.
Chloroform is used as raw material for the production of HCFC 22 (R 22), which is used as refrigerant and precursor for fluoropolymers (PTFE and derivatives). Further on it can be used as feedstock for methyl- and ethyl orthoformate and as solvent in the industrial synthesis of pharmaceuticals and chemicals as well as for extraction purposes.