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 Q1 2015
Expectations for the European epoxy resin market in the first quarter of 2015 are mixed. The reduced tightness seen in the market during December 2014 is expected to end in January, while demand is expected to increase into February.
Supply issues may limit the reductions in contract prices that buyers are hoping for in the first quarter of 2015. The European epoxy resins market has been slower to respond to decreasing benzene and propylene prices than the Asian market, but as feedstock prices are expected to decline, the European epoxy resins market could see larger price decreases in the first quarter of 2015, with the full impact of upstream price declines expected to be felt in February.
US epoxy resin prices looked to hold steady to start the first quarter, with buyers expected to keep pressure on producers for a decrease for as long as feedstock prices continue to fall.
Producers were holding firm for rollovers, saying that supply has tightened and citing the need to expand margins after a challenging 2014.
Buyers said that by February, import activity would likely surge on the domestic price rollover, with spot prices holding an 8-10 cent/lb discount and material widely available from Asia and Europe.
Asian liquid epoxy resins (LER) spot prices may have room to drop further in the first quarter following the plunge in the average prices of feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) by about 40% in the fourth quarter of last year. However, any declines are expected to be restrained and kept in check, with Asian cargoes are currently priced more competitively than those of US and European origin.
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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.