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 Q4 2014
Asian liquid epoxy resins (LER) spot prices are expected to be stable in the fourth quarter as the feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) and epichlorohydrin (ECH) prices have eased following sharp rises in the third quarter. Stiff competition with domestic European and US suppliers for orders would likely keep any Asian price hikes in check.
US fourth-quarter LER prices are likely to stay steady or increase slightly, as supply tightens on the back of lower import availability and largely stable feedstock costs. With several overseas producers continuing to offer higher import prices because of atypical tariffs and duties, spot epoxy resin sellers have less room to pressure domestic prices, keeping US supply tight to balanced. However, demand in the fourth quarter is expected to start falling because of seasonal effects, and could be joined by weaker feedstock costs.
European LER prices have broadly tracked the fluctuations in feedstock costs in 2014. Although the same is likely for the rest of the year, market fundamentals are changing, because of recent currency volatility. Construction demand in the fourth quarter is seasonally low and below expectations due to strong demand in the first half of the year, which was supported by good weather. Nevertheless, a strengthening US dollar and higher feedstock costs in Asia are making exports to Europe less competitive, boosting demand for domestic material.
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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.