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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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Bisphenol A (BPA) spot prices fluctuated at yuan (CNY) 12,200-12,600/tonne ex-tank from January to March.
BPA prices slightly dropped from January and remained flat until mid-February. Downstream producers had completed their stocking up ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, and buying sentiment weakened over the period.
After the Lunar New Year holiday, the prices began to increase and reached CNY12,600/tonne ex-tank in late February. Some optimistic traders began to make enquiries as more downstream plants were restarted after the holiday break. This, together with major producers’ offer hikes, improved trading sentiment and boosted discussion levels.
However, the uptrend did not last long because of the poor performance in the downstream sector. Some downstream producers relied on their existing inventories and were reluctant to purchase. As a result, some cargo-holders cut their prices slightly in order to boost sales. Discussion levels fell to CNY12,400-12,500/tonne ex-tank at the beginning of March, and remained stable in mid-March as most cargo-holders maintained their offers, with downstream producers purchasing in small volumes on a need-to basis.
Market players are divided over the price outlook. Some expect BPA prices to fall slightly due to increasing supply following the resumption of production at some plants and a lack of improvement in demand. Other market players, meanwhile, are cautiously optimistic. They said prices would be stable to firm because of tight supply in the short term and cargo-holders’ unwillingness to cut prices given high cost pressure.
Updated to Q1 2014
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