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Bisphenol A: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Scheduled plant turnarounds in parts of northeast Asia during the upcoming third quarter are expected to keep supply availability in check. Market participants are also closely monitoring volatility in upstream related phenol and benzene prices in China, which could temper BPA market sentiment in the region.
Downstream polycarbonate plant expansions are expected to encourage demand for raw material BPA, if not already. Within China, PC plants -- including Luxi Chemical’s ongoing expansion of two other lines to boost its 65,000/tonne year capacity during the third quarter -- are anticipated to encourage demand for BPA further out.
The BPA market does not look likely to lengthen over the third quarter. Output from European producers is not tipped to increase. Imports also look likely to remain scarce as prices in Asia are likely to remain supported by increased PC capacity in China, leaving little to be delivered to the European market.
Traditionally, BPA demand has softened over the third quarter as summer shutdowns slow production. Demand for BPA could also start to soften in line with lower levels for epoxy resins, as downstream producers buy less feedstock in an attempt to defend margins eroded by smaller prices.
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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.