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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 Q1 2016
Asian bisphenol A (BPA) prices were largely on an upward trend towards the end of the first quarter of 2016, rising from $900-940/tonne CFR (cost & freight) China basis on 8 January to $970-1,020/tonne CFR China on 11 March.
Pockets of renewed import demand, particularly following the Lunar New Year holiday week in February, combined with BPA plants undergoing scheduled maintenance or running at reduced rates, helped to drive up the market sentiment.
The Asian market also drew support from gains in upstream crude oil futures and energy prices during the quarter.
In the Indian spot market, healthy consumer demand also lent support to prices. During the same period of comparison ended 11 March, spot prices of BPA rose on a CIF (cost, insurance and freight) India basis from $910-970/tonne to $920-1,010/tonne.
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