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: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
There are no increases expected to the supply of European PC to relieve the pressure felt on the market. Some sources speculate that a major European plant is currently undergoing maintenance, which means there is even less material available to provide balanced to the market. A new PC plant in China is anticipated to come online next year, but as this will not bring about any immediate change to the market.
Demand is not expected to change for PC in Europe, supported by activity in the automotive industry. While some sources speculate that the market cannot cope with further increases, current market fundamentals enable producers to increase prices and still be overwhelmed by demand. Many market participants do not see any major changes taking place in the second quarter, suggesting demand will continue to support prices increasing.
Domestic PC supply should remain steady, as US plants are running at full rates to relieve pent-up demand. Import volumes should remain limited, on high Asian prices and more attractive margins in Asia.
Pent-up demand is expected to remain strong, and consumption should increase as well on a pick up in construction activity and the automotive sector.
Scheduled plant maintenance in northeast Asia is expected to keep spot supply availability in check in the second quarter of 2018, amid steady consumer demand for most grades in China.
Asian consumer demand is expected to hold stable at least for most grades during the second quarter. Demand, especially the general-purpose grade PC used in applications that include electronics and automotive sectors in China, is expected to hold steady and help support market sentiment in the near term.
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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).