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 Q4 2017
There are no scheduled maintenance outages in the fourth quarter. However, a northeast Asian producer said it might shut its plant for turnaround in November. This has yet to be confirmed.
Demand is expected to pick up in the fourth quarter. Some northeast Asian producers were channelling their cargoes into China where some domestic producers were hit by stricter environmental regulations ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in Beijing on 18 October. Meanwhile, producers said they were increasing their offers amid recent gains in feedstock bisphenol-A (BPA) and epichlorohydrin (ECH) prices.
The European epoxy resins market started the fourth quarter with ample availability. However, with good availability in Europe underpinned by support from Asian imports, market participants are watching price developments in Asia keenly. Import volumes will go some way to determining epoxy resins availability during the fourth quarter.
The European epoxy resins market has started the fourth quarter where the third left off; with healthy demand after the end of the summer holiday period. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether seasonal demand patterns will impact the market in late 2017. While some in the market no longer see the traditional dips in demand in the summer and winter holiday periods, others continue to feel their impact, with cold weather during winter particularly impacting demand for applications linked to the construction industry.
Feedstock and operating rate issues for two major US plants in the US Gulf Coast region should be eased, allowing for operating rates to return to typical levels. Import volumes are expected to remain slightly softer year on year, boosting domestic plant run rates.
Demand in the fourth quarter is expected to remain at slightly higher year on year levels, with construction and coatings activities extending later into the year than is typical. Pent-up demand creation was minimal, so there is not expected to be a year-on-year spike in demand.
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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.