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Bisphenol A: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2018
Planned BPA plant turnarounds in parts of northeast and southeast Asia in the upcoming fourth quarter is likely to curtail production and keep supply availability in check. Market participants are also watching volatility in upstream related phenol and benzene prices in China, which might influence BPA market sentiment.
Plant expansions in downstream polycarbonate (PC) markets in China are anticipated to spur raw material BPA demand in the near term. Within China, PC plants including Luxi Chemical’s ongoing expansion with the addition of two other lines to its 65,000/tonne year capacity around the fourth quarter is set to sustain BPA demand going forward.
BPA supply could remain longer over the fourth quarter as this is usually the slowest time of year for the market. If demand in China does not pick up, then European producers will be encouraged to export fewer volumes, while Asian producers outside of the country will also seek customers for their material.
Demand is tipped to remain stable-to-soft throughout the fourth quarter in line with downstream markets. Fundamentals appear more stable, and any dramatic changes to the market are not expected before Q1 2019. Although there was a sudden surge at the end of the year in the epoxy resins market, this is unlikely to impact BPA demand this quarter.
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Bisphenol A Methodology
About Bisphenol A
Bisphenol-A (BPA) occurs as white crystals or flakes with a slightly phenolic odour. It is soluble in ether, ethyl alcohol, acetone and slightly soluble in water.
The main outlet for BPA is in the manufacture of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is used in a variety of applications such as optical media industry, electrical and electronic, construction, automotive and packaging.
BPA is driven primarily by increasingly strong demand for polycarbonate resins.
The second largest end use of BPA is epoxy resins. There are several types of epoxy resins but those based on BPA and epichlorohydrin account for the majority. High performance coatings are one of the primary applications followed by electrical/electronic laminates, adhesives, flooring and paving applications, mainly in the automotive, construction and aerospace industries.
Other key uses of BPA include flame retardants (mainly tetrabromobisphenol A), unsaturated polyester resins and polyacrylate, polyetherimide and polysulphone resins.