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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 Q3 2015
Asia bisphenol A (BPA) prices went on a downtrend for most of the third quarter of the year, tumbling from $1,180-1,250/tonne CFR China basis on 3 July to $900-950/tonne CFR China on 25 September.
A combination of softening import demand in China, declines in Chinese domestic prices and upstream benzene values pummelled spot BPA prices in the region for most of the quarter.
Expectations of increased supply availability, at a time when northeast Asia downstream epoxy resins demand was plagued by poor demand, also weighed on market sentiment.
Similar, if not weaker, demand in epoxy resins demand in India resultantly led to reduced spot BPA purchases while exerting downward pressure on prices. Spot prices of BPA on a CIF India basis have fallen by around 20% from $1,180-1,260/tonne to $930-990/tonne during the same period of early July to late September.
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