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
European epoxy resin demand is expected to grow in the second quarter, driven by increased offtake from the construction sector in the peak summer months. Price expectations in Europe are mixed due to opposing factors. Overcapacity in Asia has resulted in cheap exports to Europe where it has generally kept a lid on European prices. Nevertheless, there is some indication that Asian prices may rise as feedstock costs increase, bolstering European prices.
US domestic epoxy resin contract prices rose by 3 cents/lb in the first quarter as US producers looked to build margins after experiencing cost pressure. Buyers said US epoxy resin supply remains long, as producers hold high inventories and competition from overseas sellers remains fierce. The typical US coatings season pre-build was delayed, owing to severe winter weather in much of the first quarter.
Asian liquid epoxy resins (LER) prices are likely to be stable to firm in the second quarter of 2014, as the surge in South Korea and Japan domestic feedstock epichlorohydrin (ECH) prices is expected to boost LER prices in the region. However, any price gains are likely to be capped, in light of stable demand. Most market participants expect demand to improve from late April onwards, in line with the peak summer season, albeit at a slower pace this year.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.