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Bisphenol A: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
Asia-Pacific spot bisphenol A (BPA) prices are expected to take a stable-to-soft trend in the third quarter of the year on the back of slow momentum in downstream epoxy resins demand in Asia.
On production, several BPA plants in parts of northeast and southeast Asia are running at optimum capacity that may well raise production and add to surplus supply.
As the European BPA market turns its attention towards the summer months, softer demand, in line with seasonal trends, is expected. The month of August, in particular, is seen as a quiet month, when many market participants step out of the market and enjoy the summer holiday season. Nevertheless, some market participants have already begun to look towards September and the seasonally expected uptick in demand accompanying the end of the summer holiday period. Market participants are also watching price and demand fluctuations in key Asian markets such as China for indications of how Asian exporters may act in the coming months.
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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.