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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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Updated to Q2 2016
Asia spot bisphenol A (BPA) prices fluctuated throughout the second quarter, moving from an average of $1,085/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China on 1 April and touching a high of $1,165/tonne CFR China at end-April before averaging back at $1,075/tonne by 24 June.
Spot cargo limitations amid several BPA plants in parts of northeast and southeast Asia running at below-optimum rates lent market support, combined with pockets of import demand.
But volatility in upstream crude oil amid poor downstream epoxy resins demand, notably from late May generated downward pressure on spot BPA prices in the later part of the quarter.
Indian downstream epoxy resins demand fared comparatively better during the quarter, albeit not significantly robust. Spot BPA prices on a CIF (cost, insurance & freight) India basis moved from $1,025/tonne CIF India to $1,075/tonne CIF India during the same period.
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