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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 Q1 2015
The European polycarbonate (PC) market remains long, mainly due to supply rather than deficient demand, which looks set to be quite healthy in 2015. The big question is whether the large reductions in feedstock costs encountered since the last few weeks of 2014 will be passed on to PC customers, and to what extent. Producers continue to experience unsustainable margins and appear more resolved to repair them by resisting substantial price cuts.
US PC market participants are not expecting any significant changes in supply and demand fundamentals in the first quarter. Some believe the global market remains oversupplied, despite Dow Chemical's shutdown of its Freeport plant in Texas and the upcoming shutdown of Teijin's plant in Singapore at the end of 2015. US PC producers have been able to keep their overall prices steady.
In Asia, most market participants expect the market to carry over the price downtrend, largely because of the sharp fall of feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) prices and a bearish sentiment about the market. Buying appetite in the first quarter, meanwhile, is likely to be moderately tapered amid the dampened mood, industry participants say.
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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).