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
The global epoxy resins market is expected to see feedstock challenges amid a largely balanced supply and demand backdrop.
Prices of upstream chemicals cumene, phenol and acetone have been fluctuating, leading feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) prices to reach one-year highs in the first half of the year and subsequently slump to one-year lows in recent months, which in turn affected epoxy resins prices.
Feedstock epichlorohydrin (ECH) prices, on the other hand, should remain stable, as chlorine supply remains balanced against demand.
However, there should have some room to pass on the higher feedstock costs, as the diversity of applications of epoxy resins should keep demand largely stable.
The electronics coatings and laminates, automotive coatings and oilfield resins markets should be the largest end-uses for epoxy resins.
However, the weak construction and shipping markets will cut into demand from the all-purpose, municipal and marine coatings markets.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.