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
Bisphenol A (BPA) prices are likely to be steady for the first quarter of 2014 as demand is not expected to improve enough to drive prices upwards.
In Asia, supply is likely to tighten as major producers have reduced their plant run rates because of increasingly squeezed margins resulted from higher raw material costs. However, significant increase in prices is unlikely in the near term as buying interest continues to remain lacklustre in the spot market given the weak downstream demand in the epoxy resin sector. A seasonal increase in demand is possible after February as some restocking activities are expected after the Lunar New Year but it is not expected to be sustainable over a long period.
In Europe, the availability of lower-priced imports from Asia is likely to impede attempts to increase prices by the European players in the near term, an issue faced by European domestic producers for much of 2013. Market players are also watchful of the implementation of 5.5% import duty to Russia-origin BPA since 1 January, although it remains unclear how much impact it will have on the market.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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.