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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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Spot bisphenol A (BPA) prices in Asia strengthened from July onwards, increasing by $220-230/tonne from early July to end-September. BPA prices reached a two-year high of $1,920-2,010/tonne CFR China in August during the surge. In September, the price uptrend was halted as prices began to stabilise, eventually settling at $1,920-1,990/tonne CFR China in late September.
Prices began to show an upward trend in the second quarter and the momentum carried over to the third quarter, with the spot availability of cargoes remaining limited amid reduced plant run rates as well as low inventory levels of the majority of the BPA producers. Meanwhile, the delay of the restart of a major China-based facility following a turnaround produced a substantial impact on the market sentiment and the supply of domestic Chinese cargoes. This led to a firm upward pressure on domestic Chinese prices. Coupled with a strong Chinese yuan, import prices began to rise in tandem.
Updated to Q3 2014
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