The ICIS Polycarbonate report is published weekly in Asia, Europe and the US and monthly in CIS. These reliable and trustworthy reports can help industry players to keep abreast of the latest news and make informed business decisions.
The price assessments largely focus on general purpose (GP) moulding and GP extrusion grades and cover spot or contract, depending on the region. Market intelligence comprises of regional overviews, upstream news, graphs and production updates.
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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 Q3 2016
The European polycarbonate (PC) market should continue to see decent levels of demand in the third quarter of this year, but it will probably experience the lull in activity normally associated with the holiday season, especially in August. That temporary slowdown in an otherwise healthy consumption environment (particularly so in the automotive sector), will put downward pressure on prices, buyers think. While resisting some appeals for price reductions, producers are recognising modest softening in values. The difficulty for suppliers, as always, appears to be the volume of material available to the market and the readiness of some suppliers to ensure volumes as a priority.
US Q3 polycarbonate prices appear more likely to increase on higher upstream and feedstock values, as ICIS US prices are strictly tied to formula mechanisms. In the freely negotiated sector, prices have been steady throughout 2016 on ample supply, boosted by lower-priced Asian imports. However, with feedstock costs up 5-6 cents/lb since April, US PC producers are pressuring buyers to accept a 3-4 cent/lb increase, especially as demand has been strong in Q2.
In Asia PC markets, spot prices are likely to track movements on upstream bisphenol A prices during the year’s third quarter. Overall, stable consumer demand expected for general-purpose grade PC, against a backdrop of regional plant turnarounds taking place during the quarter, could serve to lend timely support to prices in this period.
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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).