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 Q3 2014
Global third-quarter epoxy resin prices will likely face feedstock pressure from Asia and North America, but structural long supply could cap upward movement.
Asian liquid epoxy resins (LER) spot prices are likely to trend up in the third quarter on the back of soaring feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) prices in China in June.
Although Asian producers were concerned about losing volume and conceding market share, especially in the US and European markets, they were adamant on raising prices.
However, long supply in the region is expected to keep pressure on US producers, who are also looking to push third-quarter prices higher on record-high benzene.
Sources expect US producers to lead attempts to raise prices, with Asian sellers following closely behind in an effort to restore margins, rather than gain market share.
The outlook for European epoxy resins prices in the third quarter is unclear, because of uncertainty surrounding upstream feedstock costs, particularly propylene.
Furthermore, relatively cheap imports, particularly from Asia, are directing prices and imposing a ceiling on epoxy resins prices in Europe.
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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.