Epoxy resins Prices, markets & analysis
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Epoxy Resins Overview Transcript
Epoxy resins are mainly sold in liquid form and create the key ingredients for specialised adhesives, coatings and composites.
Producers sell epoxy to formulators in various industries and also to their own in-house specialties businesses.
The US has three major producers that compete for market share along with imported material from overseas that comes in iso-containers and drums.
Historically, the US epoxy resins market has been on a rollercoaster ride.
Prices used to be established on a quarterly basis but volatility has caused the market to shift to monthly pricing. Key upstream markets to watch for epoxy resins include benzene, phenol, propylene, bisphenol-A and epichlorohydrin.
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Epoxy resins: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
Global epoxy resins prices are expected to hold steady or move up slightly, particularly in Europe, following a possible increase in feedstock costs.
European prices should climb as the peak demand season hits, although there is some concern the seasonal factors will not be as strong as normal.
Additionally, with prices low in the first quarter, European sellers are looking for increased market share and demand in the global export market.
In Asia, prices will likely hold steady, although producers are optimistic that they will be able to pass through price hikes on increased demand from Europe and the US.
In the US, prices could climb slightly as feedstock benzene prices soar and outweigh declines in feedstock propylene.
Most market players are expecting a robust level of demand for the summer, which could lead to increased import activity from Europe and Asia.
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About Epoxy resins
Epoxy resins are high-performance thermosetting resins that are most commonly produced by reaction of epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A (BPA). They have excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, and very good electrical insulating properties.
The main applications for epoxy resins are high-performance coatings, electrical/electronic laminates and adhesives, flooring and paving applications with uses in the automotive, construction and aerospace industries.
Coating applications include powder coatings, marine and protective coatings, can and coil coatings, ultra violet (UV) curable coatings and automotive coatings. The construction industry uses epoxy resins because of their excellent adhesion to steel and concrete. In the electronics sector, they can be used to encapsulate electronic components. A growth area is high-performance composites in the aerospace industry.