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
In Europe, bisphenol A (BPA) spot and contract prices are likely to remain stable early in the second quarter (Q2) 2014. A number of plant turnarounds in Asia allowed European producers and traders to increase prices in Q1, and now all eyes are on the eastern market to see whether Asian producers move forward with lower operation rates – in order to maintain better margins – or return to the high-volume, low-price selling strategy seen in Q3 and Q4 2013. As the construction industry gears up with the spring season, demand for downstream epoxy resins is expected to lend some support to prices.
In Asia, opinions by industry players were largely mixed, portraying an unclear market outlook in the near term. There were expectations of prices gaining ground because of tighter supply amid several shutdowns in regional facilities. However, price gains could be countered by tepid demand in the key China market as buying interest for imported cargoes was severely curtailed by the volatility of the Chinese yuan exchange rate.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.