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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
Polycarbonate (PC) prices are expected to be mostly stable in the first quarter as market fundamentals such as demand and supply are not expected to undergo significant changes.
Opinions on the outlook were divergent. A portion of industry players were optimistic, believing that some restocking activities are likely to take place after the Chinese New Year in February – which will drive buying interest and possibly help to firm PC prices, albeit marginally. However, others were less optimistic, believing that prices are more likely to be stable as the PC market remains long, especially given that a new PC facility is expected to start up in the first quarter.
In US, the PC market is projected to remain steady through the first quarter. A positive performance is expected for the first quarter in the compounded PC market; however any price gains are likely to be offset because the general commodity market – which includes sheet, optical media and other products – is still under stress from oversupply caused by an influx of Asian imports.
First-quarter contracts in the European PC market are likely to settle at a price reduction somewhere between €0.02-0.05/kg, with an average of minus €0.03/kg judged likely to be representative largely because of the current oversupply in the market.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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).