Polycarbonate Prices, markets & analysis
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 Q1 2016
The polycarbonate (PC) markets in the first quarter will continue to be weighed down by global oversupply.
In Asia, surplus supply could be absorbed by a potential pick-up in spot demand ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in early February, providing some support for pricing in the first quarter. However, the overall outlook remains uncertain as sentiment was undermined by decreases seen in the fourth quarter of last year on slowing demand. Still, spot prices are expected to take cutes from the price movement in upstream bisphenol A.
In the US, market conditions in 2016 are expected to be similar to those in 2015, with demand strong from the downstream automotive sector but sluggish from housing and construction and consumer products. There is sentiment that PC prices have bottomed out, given that they are already at very low levels. Sources said they expect suppliers to try to increase sales volumes to keep prices from dropping lower.
Meanwhile, European PC prices are also facing some downward pressure from oversupply and lower raw material costs – with PC prices potentially coming down by €0.10/kg. However, demand remained healthy, and this could help moderate any declines for general purpose prices, presenting opportunities to some suppliers of specialist material to secure higher values.
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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).