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
Global polycarbonate (PC) markets have been amply supplied because of developments on both the supply and demand fronts, resulting in squeezed margins and production cuts in recent years.
In Asia in particular, production has been trimmed because of high feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) costs and a slowdown in demand in the key China market.
PC demand from the optical media sector, which includes CDs and DVDs, has been declining, while the use of PC in milk- and water bottles has been increasingly phased out in a growing number of countries.
In Europe, the market is oversupplied and demand is lacklustre, which is unlikely to change during the rest of the year because the peak season has passed.
Global demand for PC is expected to grow by 6% annually, while China’s PC demand growth will be higher, at more than 8%, according to industry players.
This is based on new applications in the lighting industry and the lightweight mobility sector. The lightweight mobility sector uses lighter materials for various forms of transport, such as cars, trains and aircraft.
Spot trading prevails in Asia, while quarterly contracts have been established in Europe.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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).