Polycarbonate Prices, markets & analysis
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Polycarbonate Overview transcript
Polycarbonate is a type of high-specification engineering plastic. Its major markets are in the electronic sectors such as: computers and business equipment, optical media, glazing sheet products and in the automotive industry.
Polycarbonate is naturally transparent, has high strength, toughness, heat resistance and excellent dimensional and colour stability.
The raw material for polycarbonate is bisphenol-A or BPA.
China is the largest importer and user of th resin in Asia given its huge manufacturing base. The market is fast-moving and is over supplied.
The spot market is active and liquid with major sellers from Korea, Taiwan, Japan southeast Asia, the US and Europe.
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Polycarbonate: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
Polycarbonate (PC) prices are trending up in all three regions because of higher raw material costs. US producers are targeting a 14 cent/lb hike, although distributors and buyers were skeptical that suppliers will be able to implement the full amount, given steady demand amid continued global oversupply.
In Europe, the erosion of the euro’s value against the US dollar is enabling producers to sell material to the Asian market, and their increased competitiveness means that they should continue to repair margins that have been under pressure for a considerable time. Not only are producers in a position to secure prices that will achieve this margin improvement, but consumption is also likely to rise, at least in the short term, as converters also benefit from better demand.
Meanwhile, the recent firming of Asia PC prices may be limited by an anticipated softening trend of feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) prices ahead of an expected rise in production because of added capacities. However, steady import demand in Hong Kong, particularly for general-purpose moulding grade PC, is expected to counter some of the potential bearish market conditions. At the same time, overall demand of PC in Asia could still likely be tempered by uncertainty due to the volatility in upstream prices.
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Polycarbonate resins are tough thermoplastics with major markets in the electrical/electronic sectors such as computer and business equipment, optical discs, glazing and sheet products and in the automotive construction industries.
Other uses include safety helmets and shields, housing components, household appliances, water cooler bottles, lighting fixtures, sporting goods, and aircraft and missile components.
Polycarbonates are long-chain linear polyesters of carbonic acid and dihydric phenols, such as bisphenol-A (BPA). It is hydroscopic, has only fair chemical resistance and is attacked by many organic solvents.
Polycarbonate is naturally transparent, with the ability to transmit light nearly that of glass. It has high strength, heat resistance, and excellent dimensional and colour stability.
Different grades of the polymer are available and the grades vary by strength, clarity, moulding temperatures, service temperatures and other parameters.
Polycarbonate is also used in compounds or blended with other resins such as acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS) or polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).