The ICIS Epoxy Resin reports are published in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis. In Asia and the US, the price assessments focus on liquid spot.
In Europe and the US, contract prices are for liquid and solid grades. These reliable and unbiased prices are collated by our locally based reporters and the news and analysis about production issues, upstream and downstream movements, plus supporting graphs all go towards making this an essential resource if you are buying or selling in the market.
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Epoxy resins: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Supply is expected to remain unchanged in Q3, as there is no upcoming plant maintenance scheduled during the quarter. There is also no sign that the Chinese government will ease its environmental regulations, as a result of which many epoxy resins plants in China have been shut since early 2017.
Demand for epoxy resins is expected to weaken in Q3. In China, several downstream plants have ceased production amid stricter environmental checks. It is unclear when production will resume. In Europe and the US, buyers prefer to procure competitively-priced domestic cargoes. Demand in southeast Asia and Japan is anticipated to remain unchanged.
While maintenance will slow output from some European producers, others scheduled closures earlier in the year. Sentiment is sceptical about how long the supply of imports from Asia will last to balance the European market. If prices start to soar in China, material could quickly be curtailed away from Europe.
Demand tends to slow down over the third quarter in line with plant closures over the summer. If imported material remains available and drives prices down in Europe, then demand could be sustained as buyers are tempted by lower prices.
Supply should continue to lengthen with the possibility of additional imports coming into the US as demand in Asia remains subdued. As a result, downward pressure will remain, with some buyers choosing to delay their purchases as they monitor pricing trends.
US demand will remain healthy during the peak season. Market players expect domestic prices to return to levels that are more reasonable by the end of the third quarter. However, prices in Asia may not fall much further due to firm feedstock bisphenol A (BPA) costs and the environmental crackdowns in China.
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About Epoxy resins
Epoxy resins are high-performance thermosetting resins that are most commonly produced by reaction of epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A (BPA). They have excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, and very good electrical insulating properties.
The main applications for epoxy resins are high-performance coatings, electrical/electronic laminates and adhesives, flooring and paving applications with uses in the automotive, construction and aerospace industries.
Coating applications include powder coatings, marine and protective coatings, can and coil coatings, ultra violet (UV) curable coatings and automotive coatings. The construction industry uses epoxy resins because of their excellent adhesion to steel and concrete. In the electronics sector, they can be used to encapsulate electronic components. A growth area is high-performance composites in the aerospace industry.