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 Q4 2014
In Europe, bisphenol A (BPA) prices are likely to moderate by the end of the fourth quarter, after the rapid rises in the third quarter. Russian product is due to return to the region, after extensive maintenance shutdowns in the third quarter. High European prices should more than compensate for an increase in the import tariff in July. Korean product is said to be returning to the European market, attracted by talk of potential oversupply in China. European producers themselves should also have more material available with maintenance shutdowns coming to an end.
Meanwhile, Asian market players remained uncertain over the price outlook for the fourth quarter. Demand is expected to decline in view of the downstream traditional lull period. Spot availability of cargoes will be limited by reduced operating rates and turnarounds at northeast Asian facilities. Nonetheless, the availability of cargoes in China should be boosted by the return of a major China producer. New capacities in China are also expected to come on board by the end of the year.
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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.