The Ethyl Vinyl Acetate Asia report is published weekly by ICIS. The spot price assessments focus on three different grades.
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Ethylene vinyl acetate Overview Transcript
Ethylene vinyl acetate, also known as EVA, is a plastic product derived from the copolymerisation of ethylene with vinyl acetate.
EVA’s main advantages include its properties of clarity and toughness, along with strong flexibility and ability to withstand low temperatures. It also has good tear resistance.
The main uses for EVA are in the manufature of stretch film for shrink wrapping, protective strips, sports shoe soles, sandals, slippers and disposable medical equipment. It is also used as a coating for heat-sealing on polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate and aluminium films. Other uses include insulating tubing and wire-coating.
In recent years supply of the lower EVA grades has been dwindling as producers focus production on grades with vinyl acetate content of above 30% in response to growing demand for this grade from the solar panel industry.
Supply and demand fundamentals drive Asia’s EVA prices. Demand has outstripped supply in recent years with strong interest from the downstream footwear sector and increasingly, the photovoltaic industry. Other key influences on the market include price trends of polyethylene because most EVA factories in Asia are EVA and PE swing plants
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Ethylene vinyl acetate: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
The spot prices of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) in Asia were overall steady-to-firm with producers targeting price hikes for the foaming, hotmelt adhesives and wire/cable coatings grades for shipments in August and September. Offers for the photovoltaic grade were mixed, with rollover, hikes and reductions noted for August shipments, depending on each suppliers’ starting base. Several producers were overall optimistic in their pricing outlook on expectations of a recovery in demand towards the latter part of the third quarter. Foaming grade EVA buyers in the downstream footwear materials sector in China and India indicated that moderate hikes were more workable, given the fragile state of the global economic growth. New EVA capacities expected to come onstream in China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia towards the end of the year kept buyers’ and some sellers’ sentiment wary. Some producers however, felt that the impact would materialise only early next year, when production at the new capacities stabilises after start up.
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About Ethylene vinyl acetate
Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is a copolymer that is manufactured from ethylene and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM). The main advantages of EVA is that it has good toughness, flexibility, clarity and gloss, the ability to withstand low temperatures, and good tear resistance.
In packaging applications, the resins can be made into blown, extruded, cast and coextruded films, or blended with other resins. They can be moulded and extruded into soft plastic items such as hoses and tubes, formulated into hot melt adhesives, and used in plastic compounding, wire and cable insulation.
EVA is also used as a coating for heat sealing on polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and aluminium films. A growing use for EVA is in solar cells as an encapsulation material.