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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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Bisphenol-A (BPA) spot prices generally fell from October to December 2014.
During October, BPA prices fell from yuan (CNY) 15,750 to CNY13,300/tonne. Downstream producers were not eager to purchase after the National Day holiday from 1-7 October. Some of them relied on their long-term contract supply. The overall demand was weak, motivating some cargo-holders to cut prices. Trading volumes were limited. Therefore, some pessimistic cargo-holders cut prices, dragging down discussion levels.
BPA prices rose slightly in the first half of November. Some cargo-holders had liquidated their stocks as they were pessimistic about the price outlook. This, coupled with delayed arrivals of imports resulted in limited availability of spot products. Downstream epoxy resins producers slightly increased their feedstock buying because of improved sales. Discussion levels for BPA rose slightly as a result. However, in the second half of November, BPA prices began to drop. Cargo-holders were cautious in view of the slow increase in supply. Some downstream producers made small-volume purchases on a need-to basis. Discussion levels edged downwards.
From the beginning of December, BPA prices slumped from CNY13,350/tonne to CNY11,500/tonne. There was panic selling among some pessimistic cargo-holders, as they moved cargoes at much lower prices in a bid to ease their funding pressure. This, combined with decreased prices for upstream and downstream products weighed down the BPA market. Discussion levels dropped sharply.
Some market players are pessimistic about the price outlook. They said some cargo-holders might cut offers further because of tepid recovery in demand, decreasing prices of epoxy resins and lower feedstock phenol costs. Some other market players said supply will not be sufficient as a few major producers will not cut prices further. They expect BPA prices to fluctuate in a narrow range in the near term.
Updated to Q4 2014
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