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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 Q1 2015
Bisphenol-A (BPA) spot prices fluctuated from CNY9,400-11,000/tonne from January to March 2015.
BPA prices hit the lowest point at the beginning of January but rebounded to CNY10,300/tonne at the end of the month. After the Lunar New Year holiday, few discussions were heard as downstream buyers had just returned to the market, but some cargo-holders were eager to sell and lowered their offers as they were pessimistic about the price outlook. Local discussion levels dropped as a result. However, some downstream producers had depleted their contract volumes and turned to purchase in the spot market. Moreover, spot supply remained tight because of limited availability at domestic plants and fewer-than-expected arrivals of imports, and therefore, discussions moved upwards.
During February, prices fluctuated in a narrow range. Slow sales, coupled with decreased crude oil prices dragged down BPA discussions. Some downstream buyers began to restock BPA for the Lunar New Year holiday, pushing the price to CNY10,300/tonne at the beginning of February. However, as the New Year holiday approached, buying interest became muted and downstream buyers retreated from the market. The prices fell a little and remained stable during the holiday. After the holiday, the prices increased to CNY 11,000/tonne. Expectations about decreasing supply because of maintenance shutdown at some domestic and overseas BPA plants since March motivated many cargo-holders to firm their offers. More downstream producers were becoming interested in making enquiries after they recovered production after the holiday. However, despite maintenance shutdown at some domestic and overseas plants, supply was not tight in response to tepid recovery in downstream demand. This, coupled with lower crude oil prices, underscored market confidence, which dragged down BPA discussion levels.
Some market players are cautiously optimistic that depleted inventories at downstream plants will likely push up BPA prices. A few other market players said BPA prices lack upward momentum as the soft macro-economy might continue to weigh down the crude oil and some chemicals markets.
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