Bisphenol A Prices, markets & analysis
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Bisphenol A Overveiw Transcript
There are two grades of bisphenol A produced, one suitable for epoxy resin manufacture and a higher purity grade is for polycarbonate production.
The main outlet for BPA is polycarbonate, which accounts for approximately two-thirds of global demand. The second largest outlet, at around a third of BPA consumption is epoxy resins.
Polycarbonate is used in a variety of applications such as the fast-growing optical media industry, electrical and electronic, construction automotive and packaging applications.
The prices of phenol and benzene as well as demand from the polycarbonate and epoxy resins industries largely influence the price of BPA.
Phenol supply is currently limited owing to the robust buying demand from its derivatives and in 2010 BPA supply was the tightest it had been in 15 years.
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Bisphenol A: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2014
Bisphenol A (BPA) Spot cargoes in Asia are expected to remain limited in July and August because of turnarounds at two out of three major China-based facilities. Demand, on the other hand, is likely to be stable-to-soft given that several key major downstream epoxy resin producers have lowered run rates because of mounting cost pressure and lacklustre demand. However, most market participants are expecting prices to rise in the third quarter because of the firm stance taken by Asian sellers, given the low inventory levels on hand.
In Europe, BPA spot prices are likely to continue to see a differential between domestic and import material. Import material should be plentiful with favourable pricing differentials attracting Korean and Russian product. However legislation and transport concerns mean not all buyers will accept imports. Captive use of BPA for polycarbonate (PC) production has led to limited volumes of domestic product and maintained the price premium buyers are willing to pay. The market should continue to be somewhat long, with demand stable at low levels.
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Bisphenol A Methodology
About Bisphenol A
Bisphenol-A (BPA) occurs as white crystals or flakes with a slightly phenolic odour. It is soluble in ether, ethyl alcohol, acetone and slightly soluble in water.
The main outlet for BPA is in the manufacture of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is used in a variety of applications such as optical media industry, electrical and electronic, construction, automotive and packaging.
BPA is driven primarily by increasingly strong demand for polycarbonate resins.
The second largest end use of BPA is epoxy resins. There are several types of epoxy resins but those based on BPA and epichlorohydrin account for the majority. High performance coatings are one of the primary applications followed by electrical/electronic laminates, adhesives, flooring and paving applications, mainly in the automotive, construction and aerospace industries.
Other key uses of BPA include flame retardants (mainly tetrabromobisphenol A), unsaturated polyester resins and polyacrylate, polyetherimide and polysulphone resins.