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Bisphenol A: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
Scheduled plant turnarounds in northeast Asia in Q2 are expected to reduce production amid otherwise snug supply. Market participants will also closely monitor volatility in upstream related phenol prices in China that may temper BPA prices in the region. Plant turnarounds in China are likely to keep supply availability limited on the domestic front.
BPA markets in China are expected to draw support from plant expansions in downstream polycarbonate (PC) production, which may encourage raw material demand going forward, if not already. Within China, PC plants including Wanhua Chemical’s 70,000 tonne/year facility and Luxi Chemical’s ongoing expansion of two other lines to its 65,000/tonne year plant, are expected to encourage BPA demand further out.
Tightness in the European bisphenol A (BPA) market will ease with more imported material. Some spot traders said they will not have any material available until the end of April at the earliest, and this tightness is likely to be seen at the beginning of Q2. BPA prices in China have softened, and this may free up more competitively-priced material to enter the European market.
"Demand looks likely to remain steady, as demand for downstream polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins appears as if it will remain strong throughout Q2. Spot traders may be cautious about importing too much in case they have to make significant reductions to shift material. If this is the case, then the market is unlikely to be over-supplied, and with more customers preferring longer contracts based on softening feedstock movements, spot prices may begin to soften."
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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.