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Bis Phenol A – China Transcript
The China Bis Phenol A report covers polycarbonate grade material. We track the spot markets of Eastern and North China, reporting weekly on deals and discussions between producers, traders and buyers.
The report contains the important East China and North China ex-warehouse price assessments. Our commentary provides details on domestic supply and demand conditions and track prompt operating rate that could have impact on availability.
Upstream food stocks, Phenol and Acetone and downstream Epoxy Resin are all very important to domestic price movements and those factors are also monitored in the report.
We also track both the solid and liquid Epoxy Resin markets. Where applicable, there is product information, comments on market development and general market intelligence.
The report also provides CFR quotes for the North East Asia market and details of trace transactions, news on the wider issues of the supply and demand balance and general sentiment for price direction.
This comprehensive run up of the domestic market is useful for all of those active or interested in China’s BPA market and for those that need an unbiased and timely price reference.
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Updated to Q2 2014
The market prices of BPA began falling from mid-April to yuan (CNY) 12,150-12,200/tonne ex-tank at the beginning of May. There were some plant maintenances, but buying interest remained weak as downstream epoxy resins plants held sufficient inventories. Some cargo-holders had relatively high inventories and had to reduce their offers to boost sales. Discussion prices fell and trading volumes were limited.
BPA import volumes decreased sharply in April, contributed by the maintenance of major overseas producers in south Asia and Korea. After mid-May, prices began to increase and reached CNY13,600-13,650/tonne ex-tank at end-June. Feedstock phenol prices rose to CNY10,900/tonne, leading BPA cargo-holders to raise their offers. In mid-May, most downstream buyers had exhausted their inventories amid low supply in the market and lower imports, leading to an upward trend in BPA prices.
In early June, major producers controlled sales, tightening the availability of spot products. High feedstock phenol costs and the lack of import arrivals motivated cargo-holders to raise offers further. A few other cargo-holders were still unwilling to sell and firmed their offers on the back of low inventories. In the last week of June, the availability of spot products remained limited. Some cargo-holders then entered to market to offer cargoes at higher prices, but faced some resistance from buyers, leading to weaker market sentiment.
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