The ICIS Polycarbonate report is published weekly in Asia, Europe and the US and monthly in CIS. These reliable and trustworthy reports can help industry players to keep abreast of the latest news and make informed business decisions.
The price assessments largely focus on general purpose (GP) moulding and GP extrusion grades and cover spot or contract, depending on the region. Market intelligence comprises of regional overviews, upstream news, graphs and production updates.
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Polycarbonate Overview transcript
Polycarbonate is a type of high-specification engineering plastic. Its major markets are in the electronic sectors such as: computers and business equipment, optical media, glazing sheet products and in the automotive industry.
Polycarbonate is naturally transparent, has high strength, toughness, heat resistance and excellent dimensional and colour stability.
The raw material for polycarbonate is bisphenol-A or BPA.
China is the largest importer and user of th resin in Asia given its huge manufacturing base. The market is fast-moving and is over supplied.
The spot market is active and liquid with major sellers from Korea, Taiwan, Japan southeast Asia, the US and Europe.
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Polycarbonate: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
Asia's polycarbonate (PC) spot prices are expected to be stable to firm in the first quarter of the year, while taking direction from upstream raw material bisphenol A (BPA) prices. Slight limitations in spot availability faced by some regional suppliers may keep supply in check, particularly for general-purpose (GP) grade PC.
There is a strong probability for PC price increases during the first quarter in the European market. Two producers have informed customers of their intention to raise prices and these initiatives have not apparently been met with the usual scepticism. The magnitude and timing of any prospective increase in values cannot yet be gauged, but a triple-digit hike in euros/tonne appears realistic. Current competitively low prices and rising feedstock costs are persuasive explanations, viewed against a relatively healthy demand background.
US PC prices are expected to climb for both formula-based and freely negotiated contracts, largely in line with benzene. Additionally, prices globally are rising, which could push up US prices. However, one US producer could be more aggressive in reclaiming sales volumes after production issues throughout the second half of 2016.
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Polycarbonate resins are tough thermoplastics with major markets in the electrical/electronic sectors such as computer and business equipment, optical discs, glazing and sheet products and in the automotive construction industries.
Other uses include safety helmets and shields, housing components, household appliances, water cooler bottles, lighting fixtures, sporting goods, and aircraft and missile components.
Polycarbonates are long-chain linear polyesters of carbonic acid and dihydric phenols, such as bisphenol-A (BPA). It is hydroscopic, has only fair chemical resistance and is attacked by many organic solvents.
Polycarbonate is naturally transparent, with the ability to transmit light nearly that of glass. It has high strength, heat resistance, and excellent dimensional and colour stability.
Different grades of the polymer are available and the grades vary by strength, clarity, moulding temperatures, service temperatures and other parameters.
Polycarbonate is also used in compounds or blended with other resins such as acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS) or polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).